When it comes to life after divorce, there are often many trends, as many of our Texas readers know. New data from the Census Bureau shows that a large number of men are living the single life after a divorce instead of cohabitating with a partner or jumping back into another marriage.
Since 1970, the number of men between the ages of 15 and 64 who live in a one-person household has increased dramatically. In 1970, the number was at 23 percent. Today, that number has risen to 34 percent.
Many believe that the rising divorce rate is to blame, particularly the spike between 1970 and 1980. In addition, many children live with their mother after a divorce, leaving men in their residences alone.
The data showed no increase in the number of men over age 65 who were living alone. In addition, there were no significant changes to the number of women living alone after divorce.
A divorce means many changes in a person’s life and one of those changes includes new living accommodations. This may involve living in a house or apartment alone. When children are involved, it is still rare that the man receives primary custody.
A divorce is a painful experience – one that nobody wants to go through multiple times. Therefore, many of those who have experienced divorce once before may be much less inclined to get married again in order to avoid the process a second time around. This could be why many men choose to stay single.
Marriage takes a lot of hard work. A lack of effort can easily lead to nasty fights and ultimately, divorce. If you and your spouse are having marital difficulties, a consultation with a marriage counselor or lawyer can help you understand the various options that are available.
Huffington Post, “Men After Divorce Are More Likely To Live In Single-Person Households” No author given, Aug. 28, 2013