Unhappiness in a marriage is often just a short-term and fixable problem: UK Study findings

With rates of family breakdown at an all-time high in the UK, Marriage Foundation’s new research shows unhappiness in a marriage is often just a short-term and fixable problem.

The study conducted in cooperation with Professor Steve McKay from the University of Lincoln reveals the majority of couples who are unhappy when their first child is born are happy ten years later if they stay together. Of parents who are unhappy at the time of the birth of their first child, seven in ten stay together and of these the majority (68%) are happy ten years later.

Sir Paul Coleridge commented: “This study shows that because a couple is having a tough time adjusting to the demands of children, does not mean they will not come through it and end up with a really high quality, high satisfaction relationship in the long term”.

Source: Benson, H and McKay, S. 2017: Couples on the brink, Cambridge: Marriage Foundation.

Read more: http://www.marriagefoundation.org.uk/publication_doc/couples-on-the-brink/.

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