Many recent married men and women are not entering marriage for the first time. Although the remarriage rate itself has declined since 1990 (see FP-15-08), about two in five of recently married brides or grooms have been married before (Lewis & Kreider, 2015; Livingston, 2014). High levels of nonmarital childbearing and divorce in the U.S. mean that many of these brides and grooms in remarriages have children from prior relationships. This profile documents the prevalence of remarriages that include stepchildren, emphasizing the various types of remarried stepfamilies. We rely on the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG), which collects detailed fertility and union histories among women under 45 and also include information about women's partners' past childbearing and union experiences. (Author abstract)
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Remarriage & Stepfamilies.