According to the US Census Bureau, the divorce rate goes up when people marry for a second or third time.

  • 41 percent of first marriages end in divorce.
  • 60 percent of second marriages end in divorce.
  • 73 percent of third marriages end in divorce.

Interestingly, some years ago, I counseled a couple who had married and remarried each other, (the same person), a total of seven or eight times.  This, as you might expect, is very unusual.

Now, why do second and third marriages end?

Perhaps, people realize that while a divorce is unpleasant, they learn that they can survive the dissolution of a marriage.

Some people who are wounded and vulnerable after a break up connect with another partner too soon and make a wrong choice.

Why do people remarry?

Many human beings like having a partner and get used to going through life with a companion/soul mate.

Jay P. Granat, Ph.D. is a Psychotherapist, Author,  Licensed Marriage And Family Therapist and the Founder of