New survey reveals that 1 in 4 parents have secretly considered separation

Published: 12th January 2015

A new survey, conducted by OnePlusOne - a support charity focused on strengthening relationships - has revealed that 1 in 4 parents living with their partner and children in Britain have quietly considered separating or even divorcing their partners.

The results of the survey also highlighted that 60% of people admitted to experiencing problems at some point in their relationship and 23% of people have never shared their problems with family, friends or professionals like marriage and couples counsellors.

Those that have sought help or support in their relationships would prefer to discuss their problems with friends (23%) or family members (16%) or then looking for support online (7%). The survey also showed that as little as only 4% sought professional help from a relationship therapist and only 3% sought help from a free support service, from someone either trained to listen or to help advice on such problems.

The OnePlusOne survey was timed to coincide with the first Monday of the first full week back to work after the festive period - also known as 'divorce day', as it is the most popular day of dealing with divorce related enquiries for family law firms up and down the country.

In a previous blog post published last week, we highlighted Monday 5th January 2015 as this years' 'divorce day' and we looked at the reasons why Christmas can be a catalyst for family breakdowns.

Penny Mansfield, Director at OnePlusOne said, "For many people, the additional stress of Christmas and the start of the New Year bring these underlying problems to the surface, and they make their final decision to part."

"People rarely decide to separate or divorce suddenly - often they've been thinking about it for months, if not years. Seeking help at an earlier stage - when the first thoughts about separation creep in - can be the first step in resolving problems and make the likelihood of splitting up less likely."

"Separated parents who are able to communicate with one another effectively and are able to work out arrangements about money and the children early on have the best chance of preventing their children becoming stuck in the middle of their disputes."

If your relationship is on the verge of a breakdown and you are thinking about separation or divorce, speak to the team at K J Smith Solicitors. Our experienced team will work with you find practical solutions and always strive to deliver the best possible outcome.

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