In theory, having been through one marriage--and a divorce--should teach you some things. Oscar Wilde said that experience is simply the name we give our mistakes. Yes, mistakes were made, but we learned from them. And now we are ready for marriage number two. The odds should be better this time, right?
Well, no, actually. Approximately 41 percent of first marriages end in divorce. The odds of divorce increases to 60 percent for second marriages, unless both partners have kids--then it rises to 70 percent.