After separating or divorcing, the chances of marrying or cohabiting again in the future decrease, new research has revealed.
This is particularly the case for those who have children and is more evident for women than for men
The trend has been put down to a tendency in those who are separated to favour partners who are less committed, resulting in relationships where the partners do not live together or live together without being married.
Many also opt for a partner who has been married before, but not always.
Indeed, women and older people without experience of divorce are more likely to have a divorced partner, while men and younger people who are divorced are more likely to have a partner who has less relationship experience.
And people who have divorced before are more likely to divorce again, but once divorcees marry again, they have a slightly lower chance of divorcing than those getting married for the first time.