Picture of the day candidate…and incredible divorce statistics

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Aurora, Colo. March 21, 2014

Aurora, Colo. March 21, 2014

Aurora, Colo. March 21, 2014

Aurora, Colo. March 21, 2014

AURORA, Colo. — Someone had a little bit of fun with their new status in Aurora. FOX31 Denver’s Jon Bowman snapped this photo in the parking lot at the Aurora courthouse while he was covering another story Friday.

It’s clearly a happy and very public proclamation, complete with two smiley faces.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 50 percent of all marriages end in divorce in the United States. Officially in 2011 (the most recent year statistics are available), there were 6.8 marriages per 1,000 population and 3.6 divorces per 1,000 population.

Not-so-shocking divorce stats

There is one divorce every 36 seconds in the U.S. That works out to 100 divorces per hour, 2,400 divorces per day, 16,800 each week and 874,000 in a year.

— 41 percent of first marriages end in divorce
— 60 percent of second marriages end in divorce
— 73 percent of third marriages end in divorce
— The average age for couples going through a first divorce is 30
— The average length of a marriage that ends in divorce is eight years

In Colorado…

In 2011 there were 7 marriages per 1,000 population and 4.4 divorces per 1,000 population. Both figures are slightly higher than the national average.

Celebrity divorces

Mel and Robyn Gibson’s divorce is considered to have the largest celebrity divorce settlement. Mel paid $425 million.

There are a lot of short celebrity marriages, but Britney Spears and her childhood friend Jason Alexander hold the record. The impulsive marriage in Las Vegas was annulled 55 hours after it happened.

Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor holds the celebrity record for number of marriages. Nine marriages to nine different men.

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