If At First You Don't Succeed...

The divorce rate in the U.S. peaked in 1981. Now the kids of that generation have reached prime marrying age. How have their feelings toward marriage--and behavior within it--been shaped by their experience? A new book says at least one repercussion is a phenomenon known as the "starter marriage," a union between those in their 20s and early 30s who marry for five years or less and divorce without having kids. Author Pamela Paul, whose first marriage failed within a year, is a little short on hard evidence, since no statistics exist on the topic. She based her conclusions on interviews...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!