More Divorced Women Remarry

The number of divorced women who remarry has grown more than twice as much as the number of men over the last 30 years. The number of couples where the woman is divorced and the man marrying for the first time surged as well.

The reason seems to be that more women gain higher positions in society and the economy.

Statistics Korea released data on Tuesday on divorce and remarriage trends from 1982 to 2012, which showed that the number of women who marry again increased 227.6 percent over the past three decades. In contrast, the number of men who tied the knot again rose 93.5 percent over the same period.

Women have outpaced men in terms of remarriages since 1995. Last year, a total of 565,000 women married again, as against 511,000 men.

Statistics Korea said more and more women are unashamed to tie the knot again as their status in society and their earning power improve.

The proportion of divorced women who married men who had not previously been married rose from 15 to 27 percent over the last 30 years, while the proportion of divorced men marrying women who are tying the knot for the first time fell from 45 to 19 percent over the same period.

Statistics Korea attributed this phenomenon to the gender imbalance, which has resulted in a shortage of women in their late 20s and early 30s.

Also, a growing number of people over 50 marry again. The proportion of women over 50 out of the total of remarrying women stood at only six percent in 1982 but surged to 21.8 percent last year. For their male counterparts the figure rose from 15.5 percent to 35.6 percent.

The average age of remarrying grooms was 46.6 and of women 42.3, up 7.7 and 8.6 years respectively compared to 30 years ago.

Lee Jae-won at Statistics Korea said a more active approach to finding new partners due to longer retirement and increased longevity also played a role.

englishnews@chosun.com / Dec. 14, 2013 08:42 KST