While many couples see remarriage as a second chance at happiness, the statistics tell a different story. One explanation is the formation of blended families, which can cause loyalty issues with stepchildren and rivalries between co-parents, but there are many other difficulties and stresses that come with remarrying. A foundation of trust and intimacy is vital to beating the odds. When people get remarried, they often bring unhealthy relationship patterns and trust issues from their first marriage that can sabotage the new relationship. Sometimes this baggage can cause couples to rush into tying the knot without truly getting to know each other.
6 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Get Remarried
Do Second Marriages Last? Here's What Research Says
Going through an unsuccessful marriage and subsequent divorce can really change your entire understanding of relationships, the sometimes fantasy-like meanings and expectations we assign to them, and what's really practical. To feel this sense of skepticism is only normal after your experiences. Ah, but then there's that exceedingly unpractical thing called love, which can always find a way to sneak into even the most decidedly closed hearts. You meet someone new, you feel things you haven't felt in years, and suddenly you're back to questioning everything. No matter how much we think we've learned from our past relationships that tells us to be cautious, that warm feeling called love can make us suddenly willing to take all the same risks all over again. And that's not a bad thing—it's one of the great joys of the human experience that we're able to feel so connected to another living being that we're willing to accept the potential consequences. But in the interest of self-protection and making fully informed decisions, here's what the science tells us about going in for a Round 2 with marriage.