Two-In-Five New Marriages Are Not “New”

According to the Pew Research Center, 40% of new marriages include at least one partner who has been married before, and 20% of new marriages are between two people who had both previously stepped down the aisle.  The main reasons for all this remarrying?  First, divorce rates have been climbing in the last 20 years, especially gray divorce. Second, Americans are living longer, which means there more divorcees, widows and widowers looking to tie the knot again.

In fact, older adults are more likely to remarry than their younger counterparts. In 2013, for example, 57% of previously married older adults (55 and older) had remarried compared to about 42% of adults ages 18 to 34.

And more than half of adults who haven’t yet remarried remain open to the idea of remarriage. Men are especially open to remarriage; 65% say they would take the trip down the aisle again, while 43% of women who are divorced or widowed say they may want to remarry. So while remarriage rates have increased, especially among older adults, most divorced or widowed women overall prefer to forgo another legally binding agreement. Women may be more willing to date and/or create relationships in ways other than embarking on a second or third marriage. Healthy relationships--in the context of marriage or not--involve good communication about hopes and dreams, feelings and sex. Regardless of whether you officially tie the knot again, relationships are happiest when both people are honest and open.