Marriage the second time around is less likely to end in divorce and has a greater chance of success, a report claims.
Individuals saying "I do" for a second time in their lives are more likely to stay with their partner because they are more mature and experienced, according to a report entitled Second Marriage: Triumph of Decision over Hope? by the UK's Marriage Foundation.
The foundation analysed data from the UK's Office for National Statistics on which marriages last and why.
According to the foundation, 45 percent of first-time marriages are likely to end in divorce, which was 14 percent higher than second marriages at 31 percent. In particular, men who are getting married for the second time are more likely to find happiness.
Harry Benson, who wrote the report for the Marriage Foundation, put forward some possibilities on why he thinks marriage lasts the second time, saying that being older and more stable financially can help alleviate much of the concern over money that many young couples struggle over.
Another possibility is that there are less children in older relationships meaning less social and family pressure that might have lead to the breakdown of some first marriages, which is why men tend to fare better in marriage the second time around.
"The good news is that couples wishing to marry second time round no longer need to be put off by doom-laden statistics. Second marriages generally do okay," he told Mail Online.
But not everyone agrees that second marriage will be more successful.
According to the Telegraph, Relate counsellor Paula Hall pointed out that money can be tighter in a second marriage due to divorce settlements and relationship expert Dr Pam Spurr said second marriages can be particularly problematic when there are children from both previous marriages.
Despite those potential setbacks, Spurr says maturity may well aid a second marriage.
"People in second marriages seem to have more insight and self-awareness. Having gone through divorce and separation, there can be more motivation to work through problems and save the marriage," she concluded.