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Are you more likely to get divorced the second time around?

If you have been through a divorce, you may think that your second or third attempt at wedded bliss may have a better outcome. Not only have you learned from your past marriage mistakes, but you are now wiser in choosing a mate that you are compatible with, ‘till death do you part.’ Unfortunately, statistics show that you are more likely to fail at a second or third marriage than you are the first time around.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately half of all marriages in the U.S. end in divorce. The rate climbs as the number of marriages increases, with a 67% divorce rate for second marriages and a 73% risk of divorce for third marriages. Why does the chance of marriage success get significantly lower with each marriage? Researchers suggest that rebound marriages may be to blame. Some people who feel abandoned or lonely after their first divorce may grasp the next thing that comes along. After the honeymoon stage, however, people are quick to bail out and start again.

After the first marriage, some people are better at identifying problems or red flags that come up during the relationship. Rather than work on the problems, they may feel more inclined to file for divorce since they have already been through the process before. Disposable marriages are not uncommon, and people are more financially independent and emotionally able to drop one marriage and move on to the next adventure.

This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.

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