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30 May 2016

One in 10 couples ‘have considered divorce’

Nearly one in 10 (9%) married or co-habiting Britons at least occasionally consider getting divorced or a separation, new research suggests.

The finding is contained in a new Relate report indicating that 1.4 million families are at "breaking point".

Those surveyed cite financial pressure and the stress of parenting as being among the main causes of their arguments and "distressed relationships".

The findings come as the Relate charity launches its national Breaking Point appeal. The funds it raises will help support services for families whose relationships and finances are under pressure. 

Dr David Marjoribanks is Relate's senior policy officer. He says the conflict surrounding struggling relationships, as well as their actual breakdown, can have a profoundly negative impact on a family and its children.

The report estimates that nearly three million people - or 18% of married or co-habiting couples - are in a "distressed relationship".

It adds that although the total has dropped over the last few years, it has still not fallen back to pre-recession levels. 

But Dr Marjoribanks says although many couples suffer in silence, they only seek help when it is too late to save their relationship.

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