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Q: Marriages ending in Divorce ( Answered,   1 Comment )
Subject: Marriages ending in Divorce
Category: Relationships and Society
Asked by: doctorc-ga
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Posted: 21 Sep 2003 15:26 PDT
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Question ID: 258889
what % of second marriages end in Divorce? % of 3rd Marriages? % of 4th marriages?
Subject: Re: Marriages ending in Divorce
Answered By: tisme-ga on 21 Sep 2003 18:58 PDT
Hello doctorc,

I was surprised at the general lack of concrete statistics and data on
3rd and 4th marriages, but I did my best to come up with some
information for you.

"95 percent of all divorced people eventually remarry . . . 76 per
cent of second marriages fail within five years . . . .87 per cent of
third marriages fail and 93 per cent of fourth marriages end in
divorce within five years."
(Stepfamily Association of America (1997))

"These sort of findings are not confined to America. In Britain,
second marriages are almost twice as likely to break down as first
marriages, third marriages almost three times as likely and fourth
marriages almost four times as likely to fail."

"In fact second and third marriages are more likely than first
marriages to end in divorce.  The statistics say the “54% of American
women and 61% of American men who wed a second time eventually go
through divorce again” (p. 276).  In addition, about 40% of third
marriages fail."

"Remarriage divorce statistics are worse than first marriages.  60% of
remarriages end in divorce.  My advice to parents considering
remarriage is that you need to do everything humanly possible to look
into possible conflicts ahead of time."

"Remarriage. Statistics show that sixty percent of second marriages
fail. But remarriages can succeed with the right help."

and this tidbit which I found in many of the articles: "You need to
look more closely at those statistics. A vast majority of FIRST
marriages are permanent. It's the people on their second, third and
fourth marriages that skew those numbers."

I hope this was the sort of answer you were expecting from my
research. Please let me know if you need any clarifications regarding
this answer and I will do my best to further assist you.


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Stepfamily Association of America
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Subject: Re: Marriages ending in Divorce
From: snapanswer-ga on 21 Sep 2003 21:56 PDT
I thought you might find the following report from the CDC
interesting.  It reports that 57% of first marriages last at least 15
years.  It includes other statistics:

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