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Why are second marriages more likely to fail

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If you have recently filed for divorce or are currently going through the divorce process, you are not alone. At least 50% of all marriages in the United States end in divorce, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As a result, it is not unlikely to see people going through their second or third marriage. While many people believe that a subsequent marriage is more likely to survive, studies show that this is not the case. The divorce rate is higher among second and third marriages when compared to first marriages. 

According to Psychology Today, 67% of second marriages and 73% of third marriages do not last ‘until death do us part.’ What are the reasons for this increased divorce rate? Rebound marriages are one common result of a first-time divorce. People who rush into marriage quickly after getting divorced often make rash decisions that do not always lead to a long-term relationship. After the newness of the relationship wears off, people file for divorce again. 

You may think that lessons learned during your first marriage will help better prepare you for a long-lasting second or third marriage. Yet, this is not always the case. Some people may notice the red flags and warning signs that they missed during their first marriage. As soon as they see those signs, they may jump ship and leave the marriage without giving it any further effort. 

Furthermore, people are more independent and are less likely to rely on a spouse to make ends meet. It is easy for people to leave a marriage and get by on their own until they meet someone else. 

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



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