Do You Really Have A 50 Percent Chance Of Getting Divorced?

We’ve all heard the statistic a thousand times before: 50 percent of all marriages end in divorce. It sounds pretty ominous, doesn’t it? That makes it sound like there’s a 50 percent chance that your marriage will fail. Pretty scary! But is it actually true?

The 50 percent failure rate is actually a little misleading when you dig a bit deeper. Here’s why:

  • The 50 percent failure rate actually means that in one year, there are twice as many marriages as there are divorces. However, both divorce rates and marriage rates are declining at the same time. Because all of these statistics need to be taken independently, it’s not accurate to say that half of all marriages in America will end in divorce.
  • There are other factors that influence the total divorce rate. For example, those with an average income of over $50,000 have a 30 percent less divorce risk than people who make less than $25,000 a year. Age also matters. Those who get married under the age of 18 have a much higher divorce rate than those who get married a little later in life.

See? It’s not all doom and gloom!

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