Over the last four decades, there has been more than a three-fold percentage increase in the proportion of Americans who are currently divorced.
Despite this growing proportion, research suggests that among married couples, the divorce rate has declined over the past 25 years.
Additionally, research has demonstrated that while the lifetime probability of marital disruption is between 40 and 50%, there is substantial variation in this probability by educational attainment and race/ethnicity.
Gibbs, Larry and Payne, Krista K., "FP-11-09 First Divorce Rate, 2010" (2011). National Center for Family and Marriage Research Family Profiles. 28.