US remarriage rate plunges
Americans choose cohabitation over retying the knot.
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.
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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"""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.
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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