More than 20,000 people could be unnecessarily divorcing this year, according to new Relate analysis.
The estimate comes from Relate and Relationship Scotland’s report Happy Families? which is based on a survey of 5,000 UK adults. It says:
- One in 10 (10%) of those surveyed who were divorced said that, with the right support, “we would have been able to save the relationship and stay together” (5% definitely, 5% probably)
- 18% said that, with the right support, “we would have been able to make the ending of the relationship easier to deal with” (8% definitely, 10% probably).
Relate Bedfordshire and Luton’s CEO Angela Foll says: “It is worrying that so many divorced people feel they could have saved their relationship with the right support. While divorce is not a decision people tend to take lightly, sometimes there are cases when relationship issues have spiralled out of control because people haven’t sought support early enough. For those who decide to proceed with their divorce, it is important that they are given the support to separate in the least painful way possible. That’s why we would encourage anybody experiencing relationship issues to access support such as counselling at the earliest possible stage.”
The Office for National Statistics reports that the number of people divorcing in England and Wales decreased by 3.1% in 2014 compared with the previous year. Roughly 60% of all divorces in England and Wales cite either adultery or unreasonable behaviour.
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