Why Second Marriages are More Likely to End in Divorce
National studies show that second, third and subsequent marriages for individuals are more likely to end in divorce than first marriages. But why is this the case? The following are some of the most common reasons marriage experts believe are behind the numbers:
- Second marriages tend to be rushed: Studies indicate people tend to spend more time dating and getting to know each other leading up to their first marriage compared to their second. Second marriage relationships also often begin before the first marriage has officially ended in divorce, and that can lead to trust issues later in the relationship.
- There tends to be greater financial stress: Financial issues are already a big reason why first marriages end in divorce. With second marriages, at least one spouse could have alimony or child support payments they must cover, addition to their other financial responsibilities. Additionally, both spouses have likely been working toward specific financial goals independently, and they may be less willing to compromise.
- They skip out on premarital counseling: Couples that get married for a second time tend to skip the counseling that first-time spouses often receive leading up to their marriage. This means they are missing out on some important advice.
- Divorcing a second time feels easier: In a second marriage, there is not as much incentive to make the relationship work, especially if there are no stepchildren or if the parents have not bonded with their stepchildren. The idea of divorce simply is not as frightening when you have already been through it.
If you are ready to file for divorce, it’s important to work with reliable legal counsel to manage issues like child custody, child support and the division of marital assets. Speak with a skilled Nassau County divorce attorney at Bryan L. Salamone & Associates for further guidance.