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OK let's say there is some loose terminology involved. Let's look at the US stats
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FASTSTATS - Marriage and Divorce
  • Marriage rate: 6.8 per 1,000 total population
  • Divorce rate: 3.4 per 1,000 population (44 reporting States and D.C.)

This leads to the simple (but probably false) takeaway that one out of two marriages ends in divorce... depends on your endpoints! There is no obvious way of calculating an intuitively correct ratio.

Likewise, the average duration of marriage. The US census bureau won't give a straight answer, which is perfectly normal.

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by eurogreen on Sun Nov 4th, 2012 at 12:40:52 PM EST
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I'm beginning to suspect that seven years is the average of the length of marriage for divorces only.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sun Nov 4th, 2012 at 12:50:37 PM EST
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How long do marriages last and how quickly do people remarry? Table 8, profiling the marital experience of the population as of 2009, shows that first marriages which ended in divorce lasted a median of 8 years for men and women overall. The median time from marriage to separation was shorter--about 7 years.


*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sun Nov 4th, 2012 at 12:55:49 PM EST
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Seven years is the average length of divorce.

No?

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Nov 4th, 2012 at 01:10:07 PM EST
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7 years is average for the first marriage. Second is even shorter...
by vbo on Sun Nov 4th, 2012 at 07:09:07 PM EST
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