It’s time to unravel the 50 divorce rate myth. It seems that it is not really true that one in two marriages end in divorce.

That statistic, widely reported, comes from the fact that there are about half as many divorces in any given year as there are marriages. But the people getting married are not the same ones that are getting divorce. So the 50 divorce rate myth is not accurate.

The true rate of the number of marriages that end in divorce in the U.S. according to this article is around 31%.