As far as latest trends go, it’s estimated that the average person will spend at least two years thinking about getting a divorce before they finally go through with it. So how long does a typical marriage last? The United States census reports that the average length of an American marriage is 8 years. Family law practice McKinley Irvin reports that the average divorce rate for first marriages is 42%. At 60%, second marriages are much more likely to end in divorce. Rates rise even higher for third marriages, which are statistically 73% likely to end. These numbers are based on US statistics and vary greatly from country to country. For example, the average length of marriage in Italy is 18 years – nearly double that of their North American counterparts. Social, religious, and political beliefs (PS: don’t let politics ruin your relationship! Find out how here!), as well as race, culture, and background, play integral roles in the success of a marriage so the average length varies as well.