Rebound Marriages Can Work

Everyone knows someone who finds someone on the rebound from a failed marriage. The popular wisdom holds that these rebound relationships are part of a divorce recovery but not strong timber for a new relationship. Rebound flings distract the newly divorced from the pain and loneliness of a break up. Many people ricochet into relationships as a quick fix.

“People always predict gloom and doom in a rebound relationship,” says Nicholas Wolfinger, an associate professor of family and consumer studies at the University of Utah. “We’ve always thought that, but it’s not the case.”

Wolfinger’s research suggests no relationship between rebound marriages and divorce rates. He analyzed 1,171 adults and found that rebound time, the months between an initial divorce and subsequent remarriage, had no impact on the remarriage’s stability.
“All I’m saying is there’s no higher divorce rate if you rush right into your second marriage than if you’re single 10 years after your divorce and then remarry,” Wolfinger said.

Wolfinger examined relationships that ended in marriage, whether they began with cohabitation or not.

He was prompted to conduct the research because of the lack of data and preconceived notions about the fate of rebound marriages.”

It’s something that I’d been asked over and over for years, and I never had a good answer,” Wolfinger said.

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