Serial Monogamy Law and Legal Definition

Serial monogamy refers to a series of long- or short-term, exclusive sexual relationships entered into consecutively over the lifespan. In humans, the two partners need not be married, but may be involved in a sexually monogamous relationship. Regarding animal sexuality, serial monogamy often means that an animal will have a different and exclusive breeding partner each mating season. Generally, any animals that do not mate with one partner for life can be considered serially monogamous.

Serial monogamy is closely related to divorce practices. Where divorce procedure has continued to become more accessible, more individuals have availed themselves of serial monogamy and proceed to remarry. High mortality rates in centuries past accomplished much the same result as divorce, enabling remarriage and thus serial monogamy.