There is a common myth in our culture that half of all marriages end in divorce. However, as recent graphics and articles make clear, that is not true and the figure is closer to one-third, though the rates vary among different groups.
Declining Divorce Rates
Divorce rates peaked in the 1970s and 1980s, and have gone down each decade since. The New York Times “Upshot” column reported that close to 70 percent of the marriages which began in the 1990s "reached their 15th anniversary (excluding those in which a spouse died), up from about 65 percent of those that began in the 1970s and 1980s." Moreover, couples who married in the 2000s are "so far divorcing at even lower rates.”