Fewer couples can afford to divorce in 2011
Fewer couples are divorcing than at any time since 1974 because they can’t afford to according to an internet dating site for married people.
Divorce fees and the difficult housing market mean couples are being forced to live together despite ending their relationship.
The number of divorces granted in England and Wales rose in most years from the late Fifties until the Nineties, but since 2003 the number of legal separations has plummeted by 34 per cent from 153,065 to 113,949 in 2009. A survey by the Illicit Encounters website, for people seeking extra-marital affairs, has found that more than 31,000 married couples in London have been put off divorce because they can’t afford to move out or pay for legal fees.
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.”
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