Many people routinely say that “half of all marriages” fail. Though commonplace, that is not quite right. Divorce rates have actually fallen in recent years. Currently, in the United States, 41% of first marriages end in divorce; 60% of second marriages end in divorce; and 73% of third marriages end in divorce.
There are also disparities in the age of the married couple. Couples who married between ages 20 to 24 have the highest divorce rates.
Couples with children have lower divorce rates than childless couples. Sociologists believe childlessness to be a common cause of divorce. The absence of children leads to loneliness and weariness and even in the United States, at least 66 percent of all divorced couples are childless.