The likelihood that a divorced woman in the United States will remarry
has been declining since the 1950s, reports the National Center for
Health Statistics. The probability that a woman will remarry within
five years of a divorce is now just 54%, down from 65%. There is also a
strong probability that the second marriage will not last.
In its report “Cohabitation, Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage in the
United States,” the Center also found that unmarried cohabitations are
less stable than first marriages. After five years, cohabiting couples
are 49% likely to break up, compared with 20% for couples in their
first marriage. After 10 years, those probabilities increase to 62% for
cohabiting couples and 33% for marriages.
The study found that cohabitations and marriages both tend to last
longer depending on the woman’s age, if she was raised by an intact
two-parent family, and if religion plays an important role in her life.
Education levels also influence women’s divorce and remarriage
probabilities: Lower education levels tend to increase the likelihood
of divorce, and higher education levels decrease the likelihood of