Unhappy together: Divorce at 40-year low as couples can’t afford to separate
Last updated at 9:23 AM on 20th July 2011
It has been estimated that one out of two marriages end in divorce.
But not in the recession, it appears.
A survey has found fewer couples are divorcing than at any time since 1974 – because they can’t afford to.
Illicit Encounters, a website for people seeking extra-marital affairs, has found that more than 31,000 married couples have been put off divorce because they can’t afford to move out or pay for legal fees.
More than 31,000 married couples have been put off divorce because they can’t afford to move out or pay for legal fees
Some 38 per cent of the site’s 78,000 members felt the stress of selling their home in the current climate had affected their decision to stay married while 42 per cent were deterred by the cost of the divorce itself.
Average legal fees in the UK are an estimated 13,000 but can rise to 50,000 in difficult cases.
Rosie Freeman-Jones, of Illicit Encounters, said: ‘We’ve seen a dramatic rise in membership in London as the recession has forced people to stay in marriages they would rather get out of.’
But it seems women are still keen to move on, despite being forced to stay in an unhappy marriage.
The site has also seen a 20% rise of
women joining in the last year and now active users are three and a half
women to every man.
Freeman-Jones said:’In these ecomonic times no one wants to make an investment either finacially or emotionally.
‘Many women have expressed that it’s an escape from the drudgery that is reality at the moment.
‘Most women would be looking for Mr Right but these woman are looking for Mr Right Now- the thrill that doesn’t cost them emotional upset.
‘Many of these women have been hurt in the past and by not investing emotionally they cannot get hurt again; by playing the role of mistress they’re not playing the role of the wife, the one who can get hurt.’
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