When divorcees remarry, men are more likely to opt for a younger wife, while women tend to choose an older husband the second time around.
That is the finding of a recent study by the Washington DC-based Pew Research Center. The researchers analysed data from the ongoing American Community Survey, by United States Census Bureau, focusing on individuals who had married in the previous year.
According to the data, couples who marry the first time around are statistically more likely to marry partners of a similar age but this changes if the marriage fails and the former couple move on to new relationships.
When tying the knot of the first time, 15 per cent of men marry women six or more years younger than they are, but only three per cent of women do so. Just one per cent of women in their first marriage have a husband who is ten or more years younger than them.
But at second marriage stage, the percentage of men marrying younger women leapt to 38 per cent, while only 11 per cent of women chose a younger second husband. Meanwhile, 27 per cent of women marrying for a second time chose an older second husband, compared to just six per cent of the men. Just five per cent of women marrying for the second time choose a husband ten more years younger than them. Only very slightly more remarried women – six per cent – had exchanged vows with a man between six and nine years younger than them.
In 2013, campaign group a report by the Marriage Foundation claimed that second marriages were less likely to end in divorce.
Read the full Pew Research Center report here.