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Divorce, Remarriage & the Reconstructed Family: Definition & Related Issues

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Instructor: Devin Kowalczyk

Devin has taught psychology and has a master's degree in clinical forensic psychology. He is working on his PhD.

Here we will examine what divorce is, some of the stats behind it, and some of the reasons for it. Following a divorce is the possibility of remarrying and blending the families together, which we will explore as well.

Divorce

There are people who view any change to the status quo, any change in the tradition of people, as society's moral character decaying. My opinion on this is going to leak through soon, so let's just say that society has changed a great deal over the last 100 years. One area that has changed is the relationship between two individuals in marriage.

Divorce is a legal separation and dissolving of a marriage. As of 2010 provisional census data, there are 6.8 marriages per 1,000 people and 3.6 divorces per 1,000. So when someone says half of all marriages end in divorce, they are oversimplifying the data. What is really happening is that in one year, 0.68% of the population will get married. In the same time, in that place or any other in the United States, 0.36% of the population will get divorced. Some people will stay married forever, some people will get divorced in a year, and some people will get married and divorced multiple times.

In 2003, a study by Amato and Preveti found that infidelity was the most common reason reported. This was followed by incompatibility, drinking and/or drug use, and growing apart. To be honest, I was expecting the list to be reversed, with growing apart being the first reason. Just goes to show that we all still have a lot to learn.

The popular term for emotional issues dealing with what comes after a divorce has been labeled baggage. And this is something that should be dealt with prior to getting back into the dating pool. A divorce can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand. As the fighting increases, the cost of divorce increases. As the amount of assets that need to be split increases, the divorce costs increase. If there is a custody fight for children or animals - yes I said animals - then that increases the cost even more.

Divorce is not the end of one's life, social or otherwise. After a divorce there is always the chance of a remarriage, and the complexity that is brought on by that.

Remarriage

Remarriage is the legal contract of marriage of a divorcee. Only one person needs to be a divorcee - the other can be as well, or it can be their first marriage. In the United States, according to census data presentation in 2006, as of 2004 36% of all marriages involved at least someone remarrying. What's interesting is that in 2001, there was 38%, and in 1996 there was 43%. It would seem as time as progressed, fewer people are remarrying. It is also worth noting that the statistics include about 10% of people remarrying following being widowed.

Reasons for getting remarried are the same as getting married, with examples of companionship, financial security, and fear of being alone. These are just as varied as the reasons to get married. But for the love of goodness, do not look up the reasons to, or not to, remarry. You will be assaulted with an avalanche of opinions.

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