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Half of British men walk away from marriages with nothing

24 January, 2018

Divorce, half of British men walk away from marriages with nothing
  • 50% of British men who divorce walk away with nothing
  • 43% of men say divorce has had a negative impact on their finances.
  • Women are much more likely to benefit financially from divorce.
  • Almost a quarter of Brits have prevented their partner from seeing their child after going through a divorce.
  • 28% of men regret divorcing their partner, compared to only 13% of women.
  • Over a third (36%) of marriages end because both parties have fallen out of love.

Half of British men have walked away from marriages with nothing, according to data from First4Lawyers.

The divorce and family law specialists polled 2,000 British adults to discover the emotional and financial impacts of divorce.

Women are financially better off after a divorce, while men take a hit

The survey of 2,000 divorced Brits reveals that almost 40% said their finances suffered due to the divorce, with men being hit the hardest financially.

50% of British men walk away with nothing from divorce

The research found 43% of men saw their finances negatively impacted, compared to a third of women, who admitted benefitting financially from their divorce.

Despite this, men are twice as likely to leave their house to their partner and walk away from their marriage with absolutely nothing.

Over half of those surveyed said their break-up was not amicable, with almost a quarter confessing that they prevented their partner from seeing their child.  This was more likely to be the case with women (26%) than men (16%).

Falling out of love the most common reason for divorce

Falling out of love was revealed as the most common reason for the breakdown of British marriages, followed by a partner cheating or leaving them for someone else.

The top five reasons for divorce in Britain are:

  1. We fell out of love (36%)
  2. My partner was cheating (30%)
  3. My partner met someone else (19%)
  4. Lack of commitment (19%)
  5. Work commitments (19%)

Top 5 reasons for divorce in Britain

Men are most likely to divorce their partners because they’ve fallen out of love (39%), whereas women cite their partner having an affair (35%) as their top reason.

In terms of ages, 25-34-year-old Brits are more likely to divorce, either due to their partner cheating (36%), or work commitments (33%), while the over 55s are more likely to divorce because they have fallen out of love (35%).

Are Brits divorcing too quickly?

The research raises the question, are Brits being too hasty in calling time on their marriage?

Almost three quarters (72%) of respondents admitted they didn’t try to fix their relationship before parting ways, with one in five going on to regret divorcing their partner.

However, there was more regret among the men than women.  13% of women regretted getting a divorce, whereas men were more than twice (28%) as likely to have regrets.

This, of course, may be due to the fact that women often end up financially better off after divorce, whereas men report being worse off financially.   In addition, women are less likely to want to reconcile with someone who has cheated on them.

Andrew Cullwick, spokesperson for First4Lawyers comments: “It is always a tough time when a marriage ends, especially when it isn’t amicable, and children and finances are always going to be affected. We were quite surprised to learn how many Brits regret breaking up with their partner, yet didn’t attempt to save the relationship in the first place. All marriages face hurdles, and we would advise people to have open honest discussions to try and work through any issues.”

Notes to Editors
Research conducted via Onepoll on 2,000 British adults in January 2018.

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