Dating after divorce or being widowed can

In contrast, men were more likely to report that they would not rule out the possibility but had not encountered a suitable relationship yet. While overall widowers are more interested in remarriage than widows, only the men with low or average levels of support from friends are any more likely than women to report desire to remarry in the future.

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The majority of people who have divorced (close to 80%) go on to marry again.

People may be eager to remarry because they do not see themselves as responsible for the previous marriage ending.

Having children is associated with higher rates of remarriage for men and women. Women from urban areas or areas with a greater proportion of women who never married are less likely to marry again.

Some environmental factors do not affect all ethnicities: only non-White women from communities with high unemployment and poverty have reduced likelihood of remarriage.

Where one or both spouses are marrying for the second time, couples marrying today face an estimated 31% risk of divorce during their lifetime, compared to an estimated 45% risk of divorce amongst couples where both spouses are marrying for the first time.