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Legal marital status of sample child's first residential parent

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For sample children with at least one residential parent, PAR1MARLEG reports the legal marital status of that parent. This variable classifies marital status into categories comparable to those defined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). For the status of a second residential parent, see PAR2MARLEG.

This variable replaces PAR1MARSTAT, which was deprecated in 2024.

Related Variables

PAR1MARLEG is one of several variables that NCHS makes available about the demographic characteristics of parents of sample children. For a complete list of these variables, see the variable description for NUMRESPRNT.


This variable is fully comparable over time.


  • 2019-2022: Sample children 0-17 with at least one residential parent (NUMRESPRNT).


  • 2019-2022