FAMILY LIFE, PARTNERING, & REMARRIAGE AFTER DIVORCE
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
Courtship before remarriage may differ from courtship before first marriage in
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
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
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
Lower social class – have more financial stress, big sourc