Most people already know that around 50% of marriages in the United States end in divorce. The number is similarly high in many other developed nations.
When you break that down by number of marriages:
– 41% of first marriages end in divorce.
– 60% of second marriages end in divorce.
– 73% of third marriages end in divorce.
In America, there is one divorce approximately every 36 seconds*. That’s nearly 2,400 divorces per day, 16,800 divorces per week and 876,000 divorces a year.
– The average length of a marriage that ends in divorce is eight years.
– People wait an average of three years after a divorce to remarry (if they remarry at all).
– The average age for couples going through their first divorce is 30 years old.
– 79.6% of custodial mothers receive a support award, while only 29.6% of custodial fathers receive a support award.
– 56.9% of non-custodial mothers totally default on support, while only 26.9% of non-custodial fathers totally default on support.
– 1% of the total number of currently married same-sex couples gets divorced each year, in comparison to about 2% of married straight couples. (Note that the percent of couples that get divorced eventually is 50%, but only one or two percent get divorced in a particular year.)