Cheating No Longer the Top Reason for British Divorce

Cristen Conger

Divorce lawyers at the firm Grant Thornton reported a new trend in couples severing nuptial ties: affairs aren't the biggest factor pushing people apart. And, no, it's not the economy, stupid, although tighter budgets might put a strain on the heartstrings.

According to this year's Grant Thornton divorce survey, 27 percent of couples decided to split up due to "growing apart." Coming in at a close second, 25 percent cited cheating. Counselor Christie Northam explained to The Guardian, "While in the past an affair would have been the signal that all was not right in a relationship, now that is not necessarily the case. People are not necessarily having those affairs before they decide the spark has gone out of their relationship."

So instead of weathering affairs, people may exit their relationships sooner. Or perhaps cheating isn't the dealbreaker it used to be -- although I doubt it. As the economic recovery continues, divorce rates will be interesting to watch either way. Since they fell during the recession I wonder whether they'll rebound with the stock market.

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