Resolution survey reveals attitudes to divorce

8th March 2015 by


In August 2012 a survey was undertaken by Resolution, the national association of family lawyers, to determine the attitudes of adults in the UK to divorce and splitting up.

The results of the poll were published to coincide with Family Dispute Resolution Week, a campaign organised by Resolution to raise national awareness of how couples can negotiate the terms of a divorce without the need for court intervention and with the minimum of acrimony.

In this article Healys’ divorce solicitors in Brighton and London take a look at the results of the survey.

How UK adults view divorce and separation

Between 29 and 31 August 2012, 2,018 British adults completed an online survey on family breakups.

The most pertinent findings were as follows:

  • 78 per cent of respondents said that “putting the children’s interests first” was the most, or second-most, important factor when a couple undergoes a divorce.
  • 53 per cent felt that “ensuring that the divorce is as conflict-free as possible” was the most or second-most important consideration.
  • One per cent of those polled said that “ensuring I am financially better off than my partner” after a divorce was their primary concern.
  • More than half of the respondents (58 per cent) replied that a family member (parent, child, grandparent, sibling, etc.) had been involved in a divorce.
  • Four fifths (86 per cent) of those questioned knew someone close to them who had been or was undergoing divorce. For respondents aged over 45 this figure rose to 92 per cent.
  • When thinking about children in divorce, 81 per cent of those polled agreed that “children are usually the main casualties in divorce”.

Highlighting non-confrontational methods in divorce

Sadly, the poll found that 45 per cent of respondents felt that “most divorces involve a visit to court”, while 40 per cent agreed that “divorces can never be without conflict”.

Resolution aims to highlight the fact that most divorce solicitors have procedures in place to allow couples to negotiate a divorce without the need for a visit to court and, hopefully, without the need for protracted and acrimonious disputes.

As members of Resolution, Healys’ divorce solicitors in Brighton and London are committed to, wherever possible, encouraging conciliatory separation solutions which always put the needs of the entire family first and which protect the interests of any children.

For more information on how we could help you negotiate your financial settlement on divorce and arrangements for children why not call our family law teams in either our Brighton or London offices today.