London - Love really is lovelier the second time around. Couples on their second marriage are happier and less likely to get divorced, a report claims.
According to the Marriage Foundation, 45 percent of marriages between first-timers are destined for the divorce courts.
But just 31 percent of second weddings will end in failure. And husbands who are tying the knot for the second time are more likely to find happiness.
The relationships think-tank used figures from the Office for National Statistics to find out which marriages stand the test of time.
It found those on their second union benefit from age and experience, and are more ready to commit. Rather than sliding into a marriage without much thought they will have carefully weighed the pros and cons.