Just curious what others think.. the term single parent is used quite often and I wonder who really is a single parent. In my opinion it's the divorced, widowed or otherwise "only parent" to a child or children with primary responsibility for their care and financial support. I have 2 close friends who are divorced but their exes have the kids close to or at least 1/2 time. The fathers provide child support and are very involved in the kids lives. Maybe not always 50/50 but at least 60/40/ I've heard my friends in conversations refer to themselves as single parents. Anyway, are they single parents just because they are divorced or because they have the kids sometimes on their own? Sometimes I feel they are using the term for sympathy or some type of status. I have a husband and sometimes am more of a single parent- lol!