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Remarrying couples: Children and career choices and examining the assumptions couples often make about this transition

Encouraging remarrying couples to discuss their expectations with regards to children and their career, what happens now, how that might change and more importantly how the couple and their children might feel about those changes is critical.

Remarrying couples: Negotiating your own roles and the roles and rules for their biological and step children

Encouraging individuals to discuss their expectations with regard to children, what happens now, how that might change and more importantly how the couple and children might feel about those changes is important.

"After two years, I still feel like an outsider.” - a stepparent.

Whilst marriages are lasting longer - those that do end in divorce are lasting 12 years, which is two years longer than they did 20 years ago - however the probability that a marriage will end in divorce has been increasing over the decades. Based on the nuptiality tables, around 28% of marriages entered into in 1985–1987 could be expected to end in divorce. This proportion increased to 33% for all marriages entered into in 2000–2002.

Remarriage for couples in their second and third marriage face unique challenges 

Stepfamilies face unique challenges. While a significant percentage of marriages in Australia will end in divorce, (around 1 in 3 according to research (Jain, S., 2007)) a larger proportion of remarriages will end in divorce. According to 2015 Australia Bureau of Statistics data, marriages where both partners were marrying for the first time accounted for 71.9% of all marriages. The proportion of remarriages for both partners increased from 11.5% in 2014 to 11.7% in 2015.

Are there financial disadvantages impacting children born outside of marriage?

In recent decades, much of the globe has witnessed a retreat from marriage. This means more children are being born outside of marriage, either to single parents or cohabiting couples, in countries around the world. This social change raises a few questions:

Launching the PREPARE/ENRICH online self-directed training for new facilitators

We are thrilled to announce the launch of PREPARE/ENRICH online for new facilitators.

The growth of non-marital childbearing, including the growth of childbearing within a cohabiting union is associated with more family instability for children: a UK study claims

In recent decades, much of the globe has witnessed a retreat from marriage. This means more children are being born outside of marriage, either to single parents or cohabiting couples, in countries around the world. This social change raises a few questions:

Children thrive on stable routines with stable caregivers... and cohabitation is less likely to deliver such family stability to children, compared to marriage: a UK study has found

In recent decades, much of the globe has witnessed a retreat from marriage. This means more children are being born outside of marriage, either to single parents or cohabiting couples, in countries around the world. This social change raises a few questions:

UK: couples who are married are far more likely to stay together than those who marry later or remain unmarried #strongerrelationships

A marriage is an intentional, public act of commitment, but cohabiting couples often drift into cohabitation and drift into shared financial responsibilities. They are much more likely to separate because the failure to marry is often the decision of only one partner, and their unwillingness fully to commit destabilises the relationship from the outset (Rhoades, Stanley, and Markman: 2006).

Across the globe, children are more likely to thrive in stable families and more likely to flounder in unstable ones: a study has found #strongerrelationships

There is a growing consensus that the number of parental union transitions matters for children above and beyond family structure, with children being more likely to thrive in stable families and more likely to flounder in unstable ones.

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