London, Dec 17: Getting divorced is too easy in the opinion of most Britons, even those who are divorced themselves, a survey has found.
Almost six out of 10 Britons believe that there are not enough legal hurdles to deter couples from rushing into divorce, according to polling on attitudes to marriage and separation.
Of the 2,000 people polled, 57 percent agreed or strongly agreed with the statement that “it is too easy to divorce these days”.
Women were slightly more inclined to agree with the statement than man – 59 per cent against 55 per cent, and, significantly, most young people aged 18 to 24 also agreed.
And while 58 per cent of the sample who are currently married agreed with the statement, so too did 56 percent of those who are divorced themselves.
The study was conducted ahead of official figures due to be released on Thursday by the Office for National Statistics, which are expected to show high divorce rates after the longest period of economic hardship since the Second World War, the Telegraph reports.
A year ago commentators were taken by surprise by a five percent jump in the number of marriages dissolved, the first rise in divorce for almost a decade, the report said.
The tough economic situation appears to have had a double effect in the divorce courts: both putting relationships under more strain in the first place.
But despite the influence of economics on married life, the polling, conducted by ICM for the law firm Pannone, found that most believe than an age-old cause lies behind most failed marriages: philandering husbands.
Two thirds of those polled thought that infidelity by one or other spouses is the main cause of relationship breakdown, ahead of money worries, children or housework, the report added. (ANI)