In UK the number of couples contemplating divorce fell by two thirds during pandemic

During the pandemic, the number of married couples considering divorce fell by two-thirds. This is evidenced by the results of a new study in the UK.

Between 2017 and 2019, an average of 2.5% of married fathers and 5.6% of married mothers said they were considering divorce. By June 2020, three months after the start of the first lockdown in the UK, this figure had dropped to 0.6% and 1.1%, respectively, Christian Megaportal reports citing Christian Today.

The Office for National Statistics research group has published the results of the survey “Coronavirus and the social impact on various ethnic groups in the UK: 2020”. The study involved more than 3,000 couples in a civil or legal marriage.

According to the study, parents who live in a civil marriage experienced more difficulty in relationships. 6% of fathers noted that during the pandemic, family relations worsened, among unmarried mothers this figure was 22%. A high proportion of mothers in civil marriages also admitted that they are unhappy in their relationships (18.4%).

Harry Benson, director of the Marriage Foundation, noted that the study shows that it is beneficial for married couples to spend more time with each other.

“This data breaks the myth that there will be a divorce boom in the near future,” he said.

Founder Sir Paul Coleridge added that the survey results indicate that centuries of marriage vows “in joy and in sorrow, in poverty and in wealth, in sickness and in health” are still important for most married couples, even during a pandemic.

“Let’s hope that the post-Covid-19 government will focus on the importance of these outcomes and understand that strengthening the stability of the family by supporting marriage is not just a tribute to tradition for its own sake, but also extremely beneficial for individuals, families and ultimately, to a society as a whole,” he added. “We will all benefit from this, and especially our children.”