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Why do divorce rates increase with subsequent marriages?

If your first marriage was not successful, will your second marriage stand a better chance? How about your third marriage? Some people believe that the first marriage is simply a ‘trial run’, and that the mistakes learned during the first marriage will help prevent the second marriage from failing. Statistics show the trend differently, however, as the number of couples filing for divorce increase in second and third marriages. The numbers show that while over half of all first marriages end in divorce, 67 percent of second marriages and 73 percent of third marriages are doomed for failure. What accounts for this increased divorce rate?

Researchers believe that the higher divorce rate in second and third marriages may be attributed to several factors. First, if you have just gotten out of a marriage, you may be tempted to marry again during the rebound stage. Getting divorced is an emotional process, and it may affect the way you view yourself and your ability to attract another partner. Instead of taking time for yourself and recovering from the separation, you may be more likely to jump into another relationship and remarry before you are ready.

Another reason may be that you are more likely to recognize signs early on that the second or third marriage isn’t going well. Whether than stick it out and work on the relationship, which you are more likely to do in the first marriage, you may be prepared to jump ship. Furthermore, women are more financially dependent and may not feel as though they need a man to support them. If they are unhappy, they are more likely to file for divorce.

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

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