Remarriage for Americans Reaches New High

More than ever, American adults are willing to give marriage a second, or third, chance. This is according to data recently released by the United States Census Bureau, which examined survey results from 2008 to 2012. The research looked at the marital status and other socio-economic factors to help identify current trends emerging throughout the country.

Remarriage Studies

Released earlier this month, the Census Bureau’s report, “Remarriage in the United States” analyzed information gathered over a five-year period by the American Community Survey. The survey is among the largest and most reputable ongoing research projects in the nation and includes social, economic, and diversity demographic data. The research found that just over half of all American adults have been married just once, and that 17 percent have been married more than once.

These findings correlate to a similar research project conducted by the Pew Research Center last year. Results of that analysis showed that a quarter of all US marriages in 2013 included at least one partner who had been previously married. Both studies have linked the rise in remarriage to older adults being more willing to not only marry again, but to escape an unhappy marriage via divorce.

Possible Impacts of Remarriage

For those who are considering marriage again after a divorce, it is important to remember that remarriage may impact some of the arrangements put in place through the divorce process. Child custody and child support orders may be affected, as most arrangements take into account factors including standard of living, assets, and needs of both the children and parents. Either parent entering a new marriage can alter much of that balance very quickly.

The most obvious and direct effects typically relate to spousal maintenance or alimony. If an individual receiving spousal support remarries or cohabits with a romantic partner, the maintenance obligation terminates under Illinois law, with certain exceptions. When a paying party remarries, the maintenance obligation does not necessarily end, but a new family circumstance and responsibilities may be considered by the court, and a maintenance modification is possible.

If you are ready to move forward with your plans for remarriage, or your ex-spouse has been remarried and you would like to know more about how your situation will be affected, our team is prepared to help you. Contact an experienced Joliet family law attorney at Kezy & Associates today for your free consultation.