- The Washington Times - Friday, November 14, 2014

Many blushing American brides have been down aisle before, says a new study that finds that four in 10 of new marriages have at least one partner who was previously married.

The number of Americans who have ever remarried has been rising for decades, Pew Research Center said in a report released Friday that is based on Census Bureau data.

In 2013, about 42 million adults said they had been married more than once, due to divorce or death of a spouse, wrote Pew researcher Gretchen Livingston. This was up from 22 million who reported a remarriage in 1980.

If new marriages in 2013 were expressed in a pie chart, 60 percent would be of first-time brides and grooms, followed by 20 percent where one spouse was previously married, and another 20 percent where both were previously married, said the study.

The Pew report linked the rise in remarriages to the long lifespans of many Americans and a divorce rate that rose for years before slowly trending downward.

These things created a large pool of people who could potentially remarry during their lifetimes, said the study, which also found that 8 percent of newly married adults have been married three times or more.

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