People in Maryland may have seen an interesting article about the often-quoted figure that half of all marriages end in divorce. While it seems easy to quote and sounds believable, statistical analysis shows that this is not the case and probably never has been in history. In fact, the divorce rate across the United States seems to be dropping since the economic downturn that began in 2007, so 50% is a figure that has even less merit today.
Oddly enough, though, there is no one single accepted or preferred methodology when it comes to calculating the number of marriages that end in divorce, so depending on who you ask, the figure could fluctuate. Another problem is the lack of reliable data, which has made tracking the outcome of every divorce across state lines and the passing of many years extremely difficult.