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US remarriage rate plunges

Americans choose cohabitation over retying the knot.

By Kristin Wong Sep 17, 2013 4:38PM

Over the past 20 years, the remarriage rate in the United States has dropped 40 percent. The finding comes from a new analysis of data from Bowling Green State University.

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According to USA Today, only 29 of every 1,000 divorced or widowed Americans decided to remarry in 2011, compared with 50 per 1,000 in 1990.

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So why the gradual but drastic drop? Clearly, the decline in the remarriage rate echoes the overall decline in the marriage rate. But sociologist Susan Brown, who led the analysis, also pointed to cohabitation:

"Cohabitation has opened up options for people that weren't there 20 years ago. It affords the benefits of marriage without the legal constraints."

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The greatest drop in the remarriage rate is among the under-35 crowd. There’s been a 54 percent decrease among ages 20-24, and a 40 percent drop among ages 25-34.

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Oct 7, 2013 4:25PM

"""Cohabitation has opened up options for people that weren't there 20 years ago. It affords the benefits of marriage without the legal constraints."""


I don't recall 1990 being a period of suffocating Victorian values.

Sep 24, 2013 4:35AM

"Gradual but drastic"????


Who wrote that oxymoron??

Sep 24, 2013 2:53AM
Why would I want to lose half my stuff, twice?
Sep 24, 2013 1:59AM
Marriage is useless, unless you want to lower your taxes for a domestic partner who is on your medical insurance. 
Love is never overrated, marriage is. 
Sep 23, 2013 11:58PM
Just goes to show, people are getting smarter.
Sep 23, 2013 10:02PM
 I believe that for most people being happily married is very hard work. most don't realize that at times you love your spouse because you know you do and tomorrow will be a better day. gotta have a foundation with guidelines. I use God for that!
Sep 23, 2013 8:47PM
Divorce, let me see...... it's like two farmers fighting over a cow. One farmer is pulling the tail and the other farmer is pulling the snout -- and all along the lawyers are milking it dry.

I got a divorce in 1974 and never re married, lots of willing chicks along the way, ate the fruit and through the cores away. I'm now about to retire with a little over two mill in the bank... and I don't have to give it away to some lawyer or an X ever again. Life has been good since 1974.
Sep 23, 2013 6:22PM

I can easily understand why people get married ONCE. I will never understand why anyone would do it TWICE.

I wonder how many people know that there is a MASSIVE marriage tax penalty on your Social Security benefits?

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