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Family Matters No. 53 - June 1999

Repartnering following relationship breakdown

Robyn Parker

Abstract

At some point following the breakdown of a marriage or long term de facto relationship, the issue of whether or not to embark on another partnership is bound to arise. What factors are likely to influence men and women in their decision to remain single or to re partner? The first part of this article discusses some of the research literature that has identified the characteristics of those who re partner, and the perceived benefits of repartnering. Drawing on data from the Institute's Australian Family Life Course Study, the second part examines the socio demographic characteristics of men and women who have indicated a clear desire either to seek out a new partner or to remain unattached.

At some point following the breakdown of a marriage or long term de facto relationship, the issue of whether or not to embark on another partnership is bound to arise. What factors are likely to influence men and women in their decision to remain single or to re partner? The first part of this article discusses some of the research literature that has identified the characteristics of those who re partner, and the perceived benefits of repartnering. Drawing on data from the Institute's Australian Family Life Course Study, the second part examines the socio demographic characteristics of men and women who have indicated a clear desire either to seek out a new partner or to remain unattached.

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