In a recent poll published by One Poll (www.onepoll.com), a study of 3,000 married people, showed that the average married couple is thoroughly bored with each other 10 years and 11 months after the wedding. For many years, people have talked about, and studied the “Seven Year Hitch”, however this research reveals it is slightly longer than that. It is, however, a sorry state of affairs that so many people feel so unhappy and trapped in their marriages. The common complaints of those surveyed included:
- My partner isn’t affectionate any more.
- We are more like a brother and sister than a couple.
- I am fed up with running around after my partner.
- I miss the single life.
The sad reality is that many of the divorcing couples that we see at Clarion often complain of the same problems. The poll is backed up by divorce statistics whereby approximately 70% of the divorce petitions presented to the Court are based on either unreasonable behaviour or adultery. Many people, when the sparkle goes, look elsewhere for a relationship and often cite the examples above for this reason.
At Clarion we have a number of links with professional organisations including Relate, Counselling Services etc who can talk to the couple who are experiencing problems, in an attempt to help both couples work together to resolve the problems. After all, something got them together in the first place. However, if the marriage is truly over then, again, these organisations can provide advice and assistance on a personal and emotional level, to help the parties get through what is inevitably a difficult process. We are also here to help guide our clients through these difficult times.
We do not charge for our initial consultations and are happy to talk to a husband or wife who is feeling unhappy in their marriage, to explain the options available to them more fully. If you require further assistance please do not hesitate to contact us. Justine Osmotherly is a partner in the family team at Clarion. Her telephone number is 0113 336 3323 and her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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