Ft. Lauderdale, FL- There was once a time when Americans who were widowed or divorced just remained that way. It was almost unheard for a person to the remarry if their spouse died or they has previously been married, but those days are gone. Divorce is no longer a major taboo and remarriage is slowly becoming the norm for newly marrying couples.
A Pew Research Center survey released last Friday shows that in 40 percent of new marriages, either of the bide or the groom have been married at least once before, the Deseret News reported. As of 2014, 42 million adults in the U.S. have been married once before compared to 1980 when only 22 million people had remarried.
Researchers gleaned their data from the American Community Survey, finding that couples are more willing to remarry today than they did 50 years ago, but there are factors that affect their decision such as gender, education level and age. Men who have been married before are more likely to want to remarry than women after their first marriage. Fifty-four percent of women and only 30 percent of men said they were willing to tie the knot again.
Half of the adults without a high school diploma are willing to remarry while only 58 percent of high school graduates and 59 percent with a bachelor’s degree want a second a marriage. Younger people, the 25 to 34 set are less likely to get remarried than older individuals. Only 43 percent of that age group want to remarry compared to 1960 when 75 percent of that age group tied the knot for a second time.
“Divorced or widowed adults are about as likely to remarry today (57 percent have) as they were more than 50 years ago,” researchers said according to the Deseret News. “By contrast, the share of all adults who have entered into marriage even once has fallen markedly, from 85 percent in 1960 to 70 percent in 2013.”
Remarriage is more common these days than it once used to be and so is divorce. According to the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology, based in Springfield, Missouri, second marriages end in divorce 67 percent of the time. That is in contrast to the nearly 50 percent of first marriages that end in divorce. Third marriages have an even higher rate than second of third, with 76 percent ending in divorce.
There are many things that can lead to divorce since it’s such a personal thing. Money causes huge rifts between and couple, but there is a long list of reasons. Even though people marry and plan to stay together for the rest of their lives, things fall apart. Relationships crumble despite best intentions. Should divorce be inevitable, both parties need to have the representation of a divorce attorney to simplify the process. And ensure they are settle their divorce with as few fights over money and child custody as possible.