Though many often feel otherwise, divorce is a common event in modern life. Many people claim that 50% of all marriages end in divorce. However, that statistic is not accurate. What is accurate is that the divorce rate reached its highest point in 1979 with 5.3 divorces per 1,000 people. It's fallen ever since then, with the 2017 divorce rate standing at 2.9 divorces per 1,000 people.