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Is a second marriage more stable?

You’ve gone through a marriage and a divorce. You’ve now gotten married for the second time. You’re fairly confident that you can avoid getting a second divorce simply because you understand more about how marriage works and any mistakes that you or your ex made before.

Is this true? It certainly could be in your case, as every relationship is unique. There’s no one-size-fits-all approach. But the statistics tell a very different story.

One-third of all second marriages will end in divorce

For most marriages, the general statistic that’s quoted is that half of them will end in divorce. When you look at second marriages, however, it’s closer to 65%, according to some sources. This means that roughly one out of three will not last. The divorce rate is significantly higher.

Why is this? There are many different reasons to consider. One is simply that going through a divorce the first time may make you see it as a more viable solution if your marriage hits a rough patch. Another reason is that you may have adjusted to living by yourself, and adjusting back to being married can be difficult. Furthermore, you may have a more complicated situation, such as one in which you have children from the previous marriage and so you still have contact with your ex. All of this can take a toll on your second marriage.

Getting through a second divorce

If you do find yourself facing a second divorce, it’s going to be a bit different than the first time around. Do not assume it’s the same and make sure that you know exactly what legal options you have