Study finds people living together instead of remarrying

The decision to end a marriage is never an easy one. The decision to remarry may be even harder to make. If you are divorced and are thinking about remarriage, you most probably will be concerned with how this decision will impact your life, your finances, the lives of any children you may have, and more.

A new analysis of federal data provided exclusively to USA Today shows the USA’s remarriage rate has dropped 40 percent over the past 20 years. The analysis was performed by the National Center for Family & Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. The analysis of data comparing 2011 with 1990 shows that in 2011, just 29 of every 1,000 divorced or widowed Americans remarried, down from 50 per 1,000 in 1990; 2011 was the most recent year available for the review.

Unmarried couples of all ages are moving in together — 7.8 million, according to 2012 Census data. After a divorce, the remarriage rate has dropped for all ages, with the greatest drops among people younger than 35: a 54 percent decline among ages 20-24, 40 percent for ages 25-34. Much of the decline is due to the increase of living together and older ages for first marriage — almost age 27 for women and almost 29 for men.

According to an earlier study by the Bowling Green center, almost one-third of all marriages in 2010 were remarriages. However, many divorced people are tentative when they think about remarrying.

Whether a person gets married again with a previous partner or with a new partner, remarriage after divorce or legal separation can have various legal effects. Depending on state laws, remarriage can have effects in a number of areas. These areas include alimony or spousal support, child support, custody, visitation and sometimes inheritance. Laws are different according to county and state. Arizona divorce attorneys will be able to guide effectively in this this personal and legal matter.

Source:, “Remarriage rate declining as more opt for cohabitation” Sharon Jayson, Sep. 12, 2013 (

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