Family Law Blog

Increase in Cohabitation Rates As Remarriage Loses Lure

Saturday, September 21, 2013

A new analysis of federal data proves that remarriage rates around the country are dropping substantially. In fact, according to the analysis by USA Today, those rates dropped approximately 40% over the past couple of decades.

What that means is that the average divorcee /widow/ widower is much less likely to get remarried, compared to his counterpart just a couple of decades ago. Remarriage is losing its shine, and instead, these persons are choosing to cohabit with partners the second time around.

According to the analysis, which compared data from 2011 with 1990, just 29 out of every 1, 000 divorced or widowed Americans in 2011 remarried. That was a drop from 50 per 1, 000 divorced or widowed men or women back in 1990.

The analysis shows that this trend is not restricted to older Americans. The trend is clearly visible across age categories. The biggest drops in remarriage rates are seen in the below 35 age group. In this category, there was a 54% drop in remarriage rates among people between 20 and 24, and a 40% drop among people between the age of 25 and 34.

People, who got married later, are much more likely to put off remarriage. According to the study, the average age for the first marriage now is approximately 27 for women, and 29 for men. When these people get divorced, there are options available to them that seem much more attractive than remarriage. Cohabitation affords these people all the benefits and advantages of a marriage, without any of the legal constraints and hassles involved.

However, even if you are in a cohabitation agreement, it is highly recommended that you sign a cohabitation agreement that clearly defines all responsibilities and obligations in the event of the breakup of a relationship.