Statistics on Divorce

By Renee Sklarew




From Pew Research Center November 2014:

4 in 10 (23%) marriages include one partner who had been married before.

42 million adults in the U.S. have been married more than once.

57% of divorced or widowed adults will remarry.

21% of divorced and widowed adults want to remarry.

65% of men want to remarry vs. 43% of women

26% of 20-somethings were married in 2008 vs. 68% in 1960.

Couples with assets of $100,000 or more have lower divorce rates.


From University of Virginia’s National Marriage Project in their “State of our Unions 2012 Report” and Data gathered by U.S. Census Bureau’s 2011 Statistical Abstract of the United States:

Lifetime Probability 40% of all first marriages end in divorce.

On average, well-educated people have longer lasting marriages.

67% of second marriages end in divorce.

73% of third marriages end in divorce.

66% of divorces are initiated by women

Rate of divorce is 2.5 times higher for those in remarriages


Most gray divorces are initiated by women. Common Reasons Why:

Longevity—people live much longer. 65-year-olds reasonably envision 20 more active years.

Boomers don’t believe they need to be dutiful and unhappy. They have higher expectations for marriage today.

Divorce is socially acceptable.

Many are on their second or third marriages.

Lack of sex in the relationship makes a spouse unhappy.


Common reasons marriages break up between older couples according to AARP’s 2012 Sex, Romance and Relationships Survey:

The gray divorce rate for couples aged 50 and older doubled between 1990-2014. Twenty-eight percent of divorces in 2011 occurred between people ages 50 or older (US Census Bureau American Community Survey).


(December 2015)