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Cheating no longer the main cause for divorce

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Extramarital affairs, once the long-time cause of nearly all divorces in the UK, are no longer the leading reason why couples decide to split up, accountants Grant Thornton claim.

The firm’s latest annual divorce study in the UK found that “growing apart” is now the most popular motivation to file for divorce. And of the thousands of divorce lawyers interviewed by the firm, in 27% of divorces falling out of love had led to a marriage breakdown.

Extramarital affairs, the prime reason since the survey began in 2003, fell to second place, with 25%, while unreasonable behaviour was given as the reason for 17% of divorces.

Grant Thornton’s Louisa Plumb, suggested that, as in so many areas of life, celebrities could be a factor behind people stomaching extramarital affairs.

“The movement in the reasons for divorce is interesting and certainly difficult to explain,” she said. “We are seeing an increasing number of ‘celebrities’ putting up with alleged affairs in their marriage or relationship – with Abbey Clancy staying with Peter Crouch, and Cheryl Cole looking set to go back to Ashley.

“It may be that this is starting to have an effect on the behaviour of couples affected by extramarital affairs, with more marriages than before surviving a bout of infidelity.”

However, while celebrities are unlikely to worry about finances when divorcing, 5% of UK couples said the economic downturn and inflation had put too much pressure on household budgets and put pay to any divorce plans.

Of those surveyed, 82% said they thought people had delayed divorce proceedings because of the recession, with 54% saying that the lack of value and/or liquidity of personal assets was the greatest contributor to this delay.

Are you looking to file for divorce? If yes, contact our solicitors and we’ll do all we can to help guide you through what is no doubt an unbelievably difficult time.


Written by Andrew Hodges

September 19, 2011 at 1:18 pm

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