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Why divorce is riskier for second and third marriages

If at first you do not succeed, try, try again. The same theory may hold true with marriage. You may have failed at your first attempt at marriage, but a second or third marriage may bring about more successful results. Right? The numbers show quite the opposite. Although more than 50 percent of all first-time marriages end in divorce in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 67 percent of second marriages and 73 percent of third marriages end in divorce as well. What causes this increase in divorce rate as the number of marriages increases?

During your first marriage, you may not have seen the signs that the relationship was failing. You may have been more willing to work on the relationship rather than simply jump ship. During the second marriage, however, you may be able to spot the signs of a failed relationship sooner, and rather than work on the problem, you may wish to simply leave the marriage.

Another reason for this divorce rate may be due to a vulnerable stage following a divorce. Sometimes referred to as the rebound stage, you may feel a need to jump into another relationship once they become divorced. You may suffer from a decreased self-esteem after the divorce is finalized and getting married again may fill that hole.

As people are more financially independent, they no longer need someone to take care of them financially. If their marriage is not going well, they can leave the situation rather than stay out of financial needs.

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

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