Study: More People Getting Married Multiple Times

A recently released study from Pew Research found that about 40 percent of all new marriages in 2013 included at least one spouse who had been previously married, and nearly 20 percent were between couples in which both partners had been married in the past.

The study, which analyzed U.S. Census data, indicates a continuation of trends over the past decade showing more people across the country getting married for the second or subsequent time. In all, there are about 42 million people in the U.S. who have been married multiple times, an increase of about 20 million compared to 1980.

According to Pew Research, there are several demographic explanations for this rise in remarrying, the most prevalent being the increases in divorce rates over the past four decades. It’s also tied to an aging American population and a society that has made it more acceptable for widows and widowers to marry for a second time. People today are living longer than in any time in history, and so there are simply more years available to them to divorce and remarry.

The researchers conducting the study also found another interesting trend, however. The Census numbers show that although marriage rates overall are in decline across the U.S., people who were married previously are still just as willing as in years past to get married again. Divorced or widowed individuals today are just as likely to remarry now as they were in the 1950s.

In addition, about 8 percent of all adults in the U.S. have been married three or more times, and the average age gap between newlyweds in which one or both partners have been married before is larger than that associated with first-time marriages.

The Pew Research study indicates some interesting developments in how individuals and couples are viewing marriage and divorce nationwide. If you have a family law or divorce-related legal issue to address in Connecticut, don’t hesitate to work with a skilled attorney with Siegel, Reilly & Kaufman, LLC.