How Many Marriages End in Divorce?

Around 40% of marriages in the U.S. end in divorce, according to the latest figures. If you’re considering a divorce, it’s important to understand what factors might have led to your decision.

What statistics say about divorce after first marriages in America

The rate for divorces in first marriages is close to half, just above 40%. This rate has actually declined since the 1980s, though it’s still higher than other developed countries. Part of this is because more people are choosing not to marry at all.

What statistics say about divorce after second marriages in America

Many people suppose a second marriage would last longer because the couple knows what mistakes to avoid, having learned from their first marriage. Surprisingly, the percentage of second marriages that end in divorce is even higher – around 60%.

Common reasons for divorce


Money problems are one of the most common reasons for divorce. If you and your spouse constantly argue about money, it could be a sign your marriage is in trouble. Money problems can be caused by a number of factors including job loss, unemployment, unforeseen medical bills, and gambling addiction. If you're constantly fighting about money, it may be wise to seek counseling.


Cheating is another common reason for divorce. If you or your spouse have been unfaithful, it may be helpful to explore what happened and why it happened. Infidelity can destroy trust and damage a relationship beyond repair. 


Constant arguing is another common reason for divorce. If you constantly argue with your spouse about everything from what TV show to watch to how often to have sex, it's a sign that your marriage is in trouble. Chronic arguing can lead to resentment and bitterness, which can damage a relationship beyond repair. 

Other interesting divorce statistics

If you're considering a divorce, it's important that you arm yourself with the facts. To that end, we compiled a list of five fascinating U.S. divorce statistics that may surprise you. 

  1.  The average length of a marriage that ends in divorce is eight years.
  2.  The state with the highest divorce rate is Arkansas.
  3.  The state with the lowest divorce rate is North Dakota.
  4.  For 20% to 40% of divorcing couples in the U.S., infidelity is cited as the reason for the split.
  5.  The average cost of a divorce in the United States is about $15,000.

At Hello Divorce, we understand that divorce is inevitable for some couples. What we don’t understand is why traditional divorce has to cost so much. That’s why we created this platform, where you can purchase an online divorce plan at a cost far lower than the $15,000 mentioned above. You can also obtain additional flat-rate services if you need them. Sign up for your free 15-minute call to learn how we can help you through this phase of your life. 

Divorce Content Specialist & Lawyer
Divorce Strategy, Divorce Process, Legal Insights

Bryan is a non-practicing lawyer, HR consultant, and legal content writer. With nearly 20 years of experience in the legal field, he has a deep understanding of family and employment laws. His goal is to provide readers with clear and accessible information about the law, and to help people succeed by providing them with the knowledge and tools they need to navigate the legal landscape. Bryan lives in Orlando, Florida.