I wasn’t sure if this should be a P&R topic, but it seemed possibly contentious, so I put it here.
This is a fascinating article from The Atlantic. It kind of reflects my own experience; I’m happier, more socially integrated, more active, and more fulfilled in general now than I was while married.
The most obvious social good from marriage is that a couple can raise children together, but I’m not convinced it’s the best way, even in our highly nuclear-family-oriented society. My kids benefit, at least to some degree, from having two households with less, but more focused time with each parent. And I benefit by only having to parent half-time, which is a surprisingly huge deal for my mental well-being; parenting is difficult and draining, with little direct social benefit to adults.
I’m not entirely closed off to the idea of remarrying, but I’m not planning on it. It’s interesting to see the social landscape of our society shift under this question.