Population Association of America Conference, 30 April - 2 May 2009, Detroit, U.S.A.
June 1, 2009
Repartnering has become increasingly important in recent years as a result of a rise in divorce rates coupled with an increase in rates of cohabitation, a union type which research has demonstrated to be more unstable than marriage. Although a large body of literature exists on the study of remarriage, there is far less research which has investigated repartnering in the form of a cohabiting union. Further, much of this work focuses those who have been previously married, with far less attention paid to repartnering after the breakdown of a cohabiting relationship (Wu and Schimmele 2005). With a decline in first marriage rates and rising rates of cohabitation for the nevermarried and for those who have been previously married, it has become important to account for the type of union which was dissolved when analysing partnership formation after the breakdown of a union. This paper seeks to contribute to our understanding of repartnering by examining the impact of previous children and relationship histories on the timing and rate of repartnering. We compare the UK and Australia, two countries with similar policy and legislative frameworks.