With more than 50 percent of all marriages in the United States ending in divorce, one might naturally wonder why there are still so many married people around. More of the population would in fact be single if not for the fact that nearly 80 percent of divorced men and 75 percent of divorced women take another crack at matrimony.
Unfortunately, such marriages are statistically at even greater risks for divorce than the first failed marriage. Indeed, experts estimate that the divorce rate among second marriages is more than 65 percent. Third marriages fair even worse, with upwards of 70 percent headed for divorce.
With the statistics above in mind, the decision to remarry seems illogical at best. The obstacles involved in remarriage, such as blending children and families from previous marriages, often prove insurmountable. When the financial burdens of alimony, child support and other divorce-related debts are added to the picture, it seems remarkable that the divorce rate isn’t higher for remarriages.
How to avoid the sophomore slump
Experts agree that there are two critical steps couples contemplating remarriage can take that may improve their odds of success. First, people who take more time to acquaint themselves with potential second spouses tend to stay married, with statistics indicating that marriages following courtships of more than a year are much less likely to end in divorce.
Second, legal advice is critical prior to remarriage. Since current spouses may automatically inherit property, leaving their stepchildren in the cold, it is extremely important to ascertain the legal implications of any remarriage prior to entering into it.