Divorce Rates Fall As UK Couples Forgive Cheats

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Cheating is no longer seen as the end of a marriage according to Weekly Independent.com. The fall of the UK divorce rate over the past decade is cited as additional evidence that attitudes to infidelity are changing.

Weekly Independent.com has used the fall in the UK divorce rate (down by a quarter in the last ten years) as part of its contention that attitudes to infidelity are changing and probably for the better.

“The fact that the divorce rate in the UK has fallen by one quarter in the past ten years lends further weight to the evidence that attitudes [to marriage and relationships] are changing…perhaps for the better.”

Cheating is no longer being seen as the end of a relationship with the article citing statistics gained from a survey it commissioned. Respondents were asked if they would divorce their partner after a one night stand if they were married. A surprising 62% claimed that they would either forgive their partner or at least forgive their partner with certain conditions attached. That left only 38% to say that they would definitely divorce their partner.

Divorce lawyers themselves may be starting to notice the changing attitude trend as evidenced by a blog post by a family law group.

“Can an affair ever be healthy? And what if something that started out as a bit of fun, turned into something more enduring? Would you be willing to let your partner off the leash for a ‘playfair’ providing he or she came back to you afterwards?

The statistics gathered by Weekly Independent.com in conjunction with the questions being asked by media outlets, divorce law specialists and the general public all seem to indicate that a change in attitude is not only prevalent but might in fact be a good thing.

The article points to one final point of evidence to cement its argument: the French attitude to infidelity. The French and UK infidelity rates are relatively the same, but the French attitude of an affair being considered a ‘minor lapse’ rather than a relationship ending time bomb could be far healthier then a censorious attitude.

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