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Divorce is more likely in a second marriage

Not only does the United States have a high divorce rate, but studies have shown that some people are likely to get divorced repeatedly. Those who are in a second marriage—or later—are more likely to split up than those who have only been married once in their lives.

Approximately half of the people in the United States won't get married more than once. A survey found that 50 percent of men and 54 percent of women had married just a single time. The study looked at people 15 and over, so it stands to reason that some people had never married at all.

However, these numbers are falling. Back in 1996, two decades ago, 54 percent of men had been married only once. At the same time, 60 percent of women had married just one time. This indicates that second marriages are more common now.

Other interesting facts found by the study, which could play into the increased likelihood of divorce in second or third marriages, include:

-- People with four-year college degrees are less likely to get married more than once than the average, as 64 percent marry one time and the average is 52 percent.

-- Women get married when they're younger, as a general trend. When looking at people between the ages of 20 and 24, 18 percent of the women had gotten married, but only 11 percent of the men of the same age had married.

-- Geographically, the Northeast and Midwest portions of the United States have fewer remarried couples than the South and the West.

Those who are considering divorce after a first or second marriage need to know what legal steps to take in Colorado.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, "Remarriage in the United States," accessed Feb. 26, 2016

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