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My dad is onto his third marriage, a fact for which I used to judge him deeply. And, to be honest, I had my reasons for judging him because the way he jumped from one to the next (let’s just say there was some, er, overlap) put my mom, my sister, and I through hell on earth. So, after my experience with someone with a couple divorces under his belt, I never thought I’d be able to befriend or respect anyone else who had lived like that. But, like with most times we are judgmental, stubborn, and close-minded I turned out to be wrong. I actually now know and like several people who are onto marriage number three. They weren’t all cheaters or liars. And, the ones who were have since learned a lot from their mistakes. For some individuals, that’s just the way life works out—it takes them down the aisle and through divorce court several times. I’ve learned a lot about these friends’ experiences, good and bad. Here is what it’s like being in the third marriage club.

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Your dating pool is affected

People who have been married three times, and are now single, can have a hard time dating. Their pool isn’t smaller just because a lot of people are taken or the ones who aren’t are single because they have serious issues. There is an additional limitation: only other people with several divorces behind them will date them. Everyone else sees them as too damaged.

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