Here is a great link talking about a nontraditional family structure where people find others to raise kids with, without romance messing things up: Life Partners Who Aren’t â€” And Never Will Be â€” LoversÂ (Buzz Feed)
At 40,Â Dawn Pieke had just broken up with a live-in boyfriend who cheated on her, story but she was ready to have kids. She didn’t want an anonymous sperm donor â€” “because I hadn’t grown up with a dad myself, it was important to me to have my child know who their dad was.” So she started looking online, and eventually found a Facebook group devoted to something called coparenting.
“Single mothers by choice” have gotten a lot of attention in the past few years, and most discussions of single women â€” a topic of much recent scrutiny â€” include at least a nod toward women who go the sperm-donor route. But a growing number of single people want to have kids with someone else â€” and that person doesn’t have to be a romantic partner. Instead, it can be a coparent â€” someone they meet online or in life and agree to raise kids with, in a relationship that can be very close but isn’t sexual. And some coparents say this system has big advantages over the more traditional one.