Data collected by the Pew Research Center shows a dramatic shift in the American relationship and marriage landscape over the past few decades. More couples are opting to cohabitate before or instead of marriage, biracial marriages are more popular, public support for same-sex marriages and the number of those couples choosing to wed has increased, and more people are marrying partners of different faiths.
One key trend in Pew’s data also highlights the futures of divorced and widowed individuals in the U.S. In 2013, 23 percent of married people had been married before, compared to 13 percent in 1960.
Remarriage in the U.S.
Of all new marriages in 2013, four-in-ten included one or two spouses who had been previously married. That pool was split evenly: 20 percent of new marriages included one previously married spouse and 20 percent included two.
Remarriage is not equal between the genders. Sixty-four percent of previously married men opted to exchange vows again, compared to 52 percent of previously married women. According to a 2014 Pew survey, 54 percent of previously married women showed disinterest in marrying again, compared to 30 percent of men. This would explain the disparity.
Couples who choose to remarry know enough about the divorce process to prepare themselves for what they should do if the marriage doesn’t work out, which may be important: 67 percent of second marriages end in divorce, and 73 percent of third marriages do as well.
This isn’t to say a remarriage can’t be successful, but couples can take realistic steps before the marriage to protect their assets in the event of a divorce.