What We Know About Why Couples Get Divorced

One thing Brad and Angelina have in common with ordinary American divorces: about two in three are initiated by women.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

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More than 800,000 American couples get divorced each year. Some, such as the reported divorce of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, will get a bit more attention than others. But one fact remains true about all types of marriage: About half end in divorce.

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