According to the American Psychological Association, 40 to 50 percent of married couples in the United States end in divorce. The divorce rate for first marriages alone is 41 percent and those marriages typically last eight years.
In the 1950s, the median age for married men was 23 for men and 20 for women. In 2004, those numbers grew to 27 for men and 26 for women. Couples who dated for at least three years before their engagement were 39 percent less likely to get divorced than couples who dated for less than a year before tying the knot.
The reasons for divorce vary greatly, but the top five reasons are:
- Communication Problems
- Infidelity or betrayal
- Financial problems
- Loss of Interest