Marriage May Be On The Decline, But Remarriage Is Rising

According to Pew Research, in 2013, 23% of all married people had been married before, compared with just 13% in 1960. In that same year, 40% of new marriages included a spouse who had said “I do” (at least) once before and in 20% of new marriages both spouses had been married at least once before. Remarriage is more common among men than women. Some 64% of previously married men, those who were ever divorced or widowed, took a second walk down the aisle, compared with 52% of previously married women. One possible reason for this disparity is that women are less interested than men in remarrying. About half (54%) of previously married women said in our 2014 survey that they did not want to marry again, compared with 30% of men.