Family Relationships: A Life Span Development Approach [NOTES Part 17] - 4.0ed the course

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Florida State University
Family and Child Sciences
FAD 2230

CHAPTER 13 FAMILY LIFE, PARTNERING, & REMARRIAGE AFTER DIVORCE  STATISTICS  Remarriages make up approximately half of all marriages (46%)  The majority of remarriages are second marriages.  75% of divorced women remarry within 10 years, 83% after 15 years.  The average divorced person who remarries does so within four years after divorce; 30% do so within one year.  Those within one year may have had an affair, already been separated, or had a drawn out divorce.  REPARTNERING AFTER DIVORCE  Repartnering: The act of entering into a relationship after a divorce, which may lead to cohabitation or marriage  DIFFERENCES: COURTSHIP  Courtship before remarriage may differ from courtship before first marriage in that:  Proceed much more rapidly.  More cautious with the partners.  Earlier, more sexual component.  May include outings with the children and evenings at home as partners seek to recapture their accustomed domesticity.  Look at Figure 13.3 Probability of Remarriage by Duration of Divorce by Race/Ethnicity, Women Ages 15-4  REMARRIAGE: HOW IS IT DIFFERENT?  Mean age of remarriage was 34.2 for previously divorced women and 37.8 for previously divorced men.  10 years older than for first marriages.  Divorcees may carry over trouble from 1st marriage to subsequent marriages.  DIFFERENCES: HOMOGAMY VS. HETEROGAMY  Homogamy does not play a central role in finding a mate, as it did with the first marriage.  Older people, particularly those widowed, may be likely to marry homogamously, but this rule does not apply to middle-aged or younger people.  DIFFERENCES: LACK OF NORMS  There are no socially prescribed norms or cultural scripts for remarried families for relating to each other for defining responsibilities and obligations, or working with the complexities that are unique to them.  Can be one of the greatest stressors of remarriage and step-parenting.  Factors that influence the odds of remarriage  Children  Lower the likelihood or remarriage for both men and women  The impact of children is great on women’s probability of remarriage  Age  Works against women  Stability of remarriages  Remarriages dissolve at higher rates than first marriages, especially for remarried couples with stepchildren – they don’t have the motivation to stay with their partner “for the sake of the children” because it’s not their biological parent  People tend to get subsequent divorces in less time than it took for them to obtain their first divorce within five years of remarriage  Reasons for instability  Heterogamy  Lower social class – have more financial stress, big sourc
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