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Are second marriages less likely to end in divorce?

On Behalf of | May 23, 2024 | Divorce

Many people who get divorced will say that they made a mistake choosing their partner. This is often true with those who get married young. They may get divorced after just a few years, and they will acknowledge that they married the wrong person.

With this perspective in mind, they may naturally think that a second marriage would be more likely to last. For instance, maybe they were just incompatible with their original partner because the two of them had very different communication styles. This led to constant arguments. In a second marriage, they would pick someone they were more compatible with, which seems to suggest that the marriage would be more stable. But is that true?

A higher divorce rate

Some studies claim that the opposite is true. They note that roughly half of first marriages will end in divorce, but they also claim that that figure jumps up to 60% for second marriages.

Why does this happen? There are many reasons. In some cases, people will bring baggage from their first relationship to the second one. For instance, if their first partner cheated on them, they may be very suspicious of everything their second partner does, and these trust issues could lead to a second divorce.

Additionally, couples who have been through the divorce process already may be more likely to use it again. They already know what it takes to end a marriage if they’re unhappy, so it may not feel as daunting as it would to someone who has never been divorced before.

Your divorce options

Are you going through a first or second divorce? It can get complicated either way, so take the time to carefully consider all of the legal options at your disposal.