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U.S. Remarriage Rate Has Dropped 40 Percent in 20 Years

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Posted on Oct 19, 2013

With the rate of marriage dropping across the country, it may not be surprising that the rate of remarriages is also plummeting. However, experts believe that the reason that people are not tying the knot may be slightly different from the reason that people are not retying the knot.

According to federal marriage data analyzed by USA Today, remarriage rates in the United States have dropped by 40 percent in the last two decades. In 1990, 50 out of every 1,000 divorcees would eventually remarry. In 2011, only 29 out of 1,000 divorcees remarried.

While remarriage rates have stayed about the same for people over the age of 65, they have dropped drastically for younger divorcees. For example, of those who divorce between the ages of 20 and 24, only about 10 percent will get remarried, as opposed to about 20 percent in 1990.

Researchers say that the reason for the drop is largely because couples are choosing cohabitation over remarriage. Living together is no longer seen as shocking, and couples can often share lives without losing out on many benefits. Today, there are 8 million couples living together outside of marriage. A significant 37 percent of these couples have been married in the past.

However, many couples that have divorced in their past say they simply want to avoid the mistake of marriage in the future, some say that they don’t want to relive their past.

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