Statistics vary from country to country but the average divorce rate in English speaking nations is now over thirty percent.  The USA has the highest rate but Europe are following close behind and soon we as a country are likely to reach a point where over half of all marriages end in divorce.  


An interesting statistic shows that cohabitees are much more likely to divorce once they do marry.  A US survey of 13,000 adults found that couples who lived together before marriage were one third more likely to separate or divorce within a decade.  Perhaps cohabitation appeals to those who are more open to ending unsatisfying relationships.


Another interesting finding is that most divorces today are initiated by women. Perhaps a reason for this is the change in women's employment prospects. This coupled with the diminishing social stigma surrounding divorce and the need for individual fulfilment has allowed women greater freedom.