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A second marriage means a second divorce for many

Even after a marriage crumbles and ends in divorce, some people in Colorado feel ready to take the plunge again and marry for a second time. While some of these second marriages may result in happily ever after, many others will not. Here is a look at the some of the challenges that people who get married a second time face.

According to the Huffington Post, second marriages end in divorce 65 percent of the time. One factor that plays a large part in that number is whether either or both of the people have children from their first marriage. While people may feel confident that the blending of two families will go smoothly, in reality, that is not always the case.

Problems often occur when a stepparent tries to discipline his or her spouse’s children, especially if the children are older. In addition, since the parent-child relationship existed before the marriage, it may be difficult for a parent to put his or her new spouse first. Combining two families who each have children may also be more complicated than many people think, especially if one set of children is used to a much different way of life than the other.

For those who wish to make a second marriage work, TIME Magazine recommends that everyone involved work together to create a situation that is functional. It is important to let go of the idea that recreating what existed in a first marriage is possible and to focus on structuring the new family around blending two family cultures together. While no marriage is divorce-proof, a little bit of planning and a lot of communication can go a long way toward making a second marriage stronger.

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