Relate survey indicates 20% of couples consider separation
Almost one in five couples in the UK argue regularly or
A recent study carried out by the charity Relate suggests that
2.87 million people were in distressed relationships based on a
survey of 20,980 people in relationships from 2013 - 2015.
Questions such as how often they argued, how frequently they
considered divorce and how frequently they regretted their
relationship were asked.
The research also found:
- One in 10 partners reported at least occasionally regretting
getting married or living together, while 9% said they at least
occasionally considered divorce or separation.
- Nearly half (49%) of partners reported at least occasionally
quarrelling, with 6.8% reporting severe levels.
- Parents of children under 16 were slightly more likely to be in
distressed relationships (22%) and becoming a parent for the first
time was "one of life's events most likely to reduce relationship
The quality of our relationships has significant consequences
for partners, children and across wider society. The report
highlights that the distress coming from unhealthy relationships
can have far reaching negative repercussions beyond just the
partners involved. Children growing up with parents who have
low parental conflict enjoy better physical and mental health,
better emotional wellbeing, higher academic attainment and lower
likelihood of engaging in risky behaviours, whilst those whose
parents have poor relationship quality have more externalising
The Office for National Statistics identifies relationships as a
domain which influences subjective wellbeing and includes
satisfactions with family and social life.
To read the report in full please click here. If you would like any advice in
relation to separation or divorce then please contact a member of
our family team.
Posted on: 31/05/2016
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