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The chances of a woman being a bride more than once are increasing.
With the number of divorces hovering at close to 1 million a year for some time, second marriages are commonplace. According to a 2002 study from the
National Center for Health Statistics, more than half of all divorced women are likely to remarry after five years, and 75 percent are likely to remarry after a decade. "BETTER THE SECOND TIME AROUND" News Leader (Shenandoah Valley) February 27, 2005. Cited in a posting from Smart Marriages Listserv Feb 28, 2005.

"For most people, marital unhappiness was not permanent," says University of Chicago sociologist Linda Waite, Ph.D.

Recent findings indicate that two-thirds of all unhappy marriages are repaired within five years.

Dr. Waite's study also showed that only 19 percent of all divorced subjects were happily remarried.

"When researchers examined data from the late 1980s on 5,232 married adults, they found that 645 subjects reported marital dissatisfaction. When the unhappy spouses were surveyed five years later, those who had remained married were more likely than divorced subjects to state that they were happy. In fact, the most miserable marriages had the most dramatic turnarounds: 78 percent of people who stayed in "very unhappy" marriages said that the marriages were currently happy. " [Kary, T. (2002) Don't Divorce, Be Happy. Psychology Today, v35 i6 p26(1). Retrieved June 9, 2004 from Expanded Academic ASAP.]

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