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13 February 2013

New research says divorce rate after ten years of marriage unchanged since the 1960s

The Marriage Foundation has published an analysis of divorce statistics over the last forty years
A new report from them, What is the divorce rate?, has contradicted the common assumption that the divorce rate for all couples is higher than it was in the 1960s, reports Family Law Week.

Looking at the rate of divorce over the last four decades The Marriage Foundation found that the divorce rate for couples after they have been married for ten years or more has not changed since the 1960s.

One in five newlyweds divorce after ten years of marriage, with the likelihood of a marriage ending in divorce further shrinking with each decade. A tiny 2 per cent of weddings end in divorce after thirty years of marriage, with divorce rates after forty years of marriage even rarer: fewer than 0.5 per cent of couples divorce after being married forty years or more.