Underlying these changes are significant shifts in family formation norms, nuptiality patterns and reproductive behaviour, the growth of de facto or common law unions, and a rise in the divorce rate.
this pattern of cohabiting after a divorce is more likely for white than black women, for women without religious affiliation, with few or no children, and who live in more economically stable communities. for some, remarriage inspires feelings of disloyalty, and adult children can discourage remarriage based on concerns about inheritance.While data for second marriages is currently very limited, the early indication is ... In contrast, official statistics on marriage and divorce rates from Vital Statistics Records ...relationship before the divorce; only about one in six affairs end in marriage) as ... report whether their marital status has changed since the date of their last interview. Among those whose second marriage ended in divorce ....may be eager to remarry because they do not see themselves as responsible for the previous marriage ending. 7-10 Recent statistics have highlighted subtle changes in the dynamics and structure of the New Zealand family.Huston found that men who feel uncertain about the relationship when they are "part of a couple, but not committed to marriage," are destined for a rocky courtship and marriage.But when women flag similar concerns, there is a "sleeper" effect: Problems usually surface after the honeymoon to wreak havoc on the nascent union.Huston thinks this is because "women are typically more interested in getting married than men, so they'll process their concerns, but they don't want to do anything to disrupt the courtship." Huston's colleague Cathy Surra, Ph.D., distinguishes between "event-driven" and "relationship-driven" courtships.a year and a half after the death of a spouse, 15% of widows and 37% of widowers ages 65 and older were interested in dating. greater wellbeing, greater life satisfaction, and less depression) than widows and widowers who have not remarried.the importance of dating relationships on quality of life for older persons., the health benefits of remarriage do not appear to be as strong as those for continuous marriage.