The median age of first marriage in the US is 28 for men and 26 for women. The numbers are up from 23 for men and 20 for women in 1950. Reasons for the increase include college attendance and more recently the growing practice of co-habitation.
In the US, 45%–50% of all first marriages, and 60% of second marriages end in divorce. Since the majority of divorces occur within 10 years of the time of marriage, we have a large number of young divorcees in society.
Common reasons given for divorce
- Lack of commitment (73%)
- Too much arguing (56%)
- Infidelity (55%)
- Marrying too young (46%)
- Unrealistic expectations (45%)
- Lack of equality in the relationship (44%)
- Lack of preparation for marriage (41%)
- Abuse (29%)
(Percentages are affected by those who gave multiple reasons)
Risk Factors for Divorce
Here are some factors that appear to increase the risk of divorce the most. But…
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