The rate of second marriages leading to divorce is notably higher than the rate for first marriages. It is about 15% more likely that the second marriage will fall apart. Some sources say that the rate of divorce for these marriages comes in at about 65%.
Many people find this surprising, especially because they believe that they would have learned from mistakes made in the first marriage and avoided those this time around. For instance, maybe they rushed into marriage with someone they hadn’t known very well the first time, and they realized over the years that they simply weren’t compatible. The second time, they spent a lot more time dating before tying the knot, feeling like this would lower their odds of divorce.
A second marriage can be more complicated
There are a lot of different reasons why second marriages end at a higher rate, from the age at which people get married to the fact that those who have gotten divorced once may be more likely to do it again.
But you also have to consider the fact that your life could be much more complicated at this point. You have more assets. You have put more time into your career. You may have children from your first marriage, which means that you will still have contact with your ex. The same could be true for your new partner, who is bringing their own baggage – and their own children – to your new marriage.
What options do you have?
If you do decide to get divorced for the second time, you really want to think about your financial future and how to navigate the system. Make sure you know exactly what legal options you have.