27% decrease of individuals since 2006 who are dissatisfied
with their partner
Increase in satisfaction despite divorce rate increase
People are more satisfied by their current partner or spouse
than they have been in five years, according to recent Office on
National Statistics data (ONS). The most recent data illustrates a
gradual incline in overall relationship satisfaction; suggesting
people are significantly happier with their partners now than
during 2006. The statistics show a 27 per cent decrease in 2009
from the data recorded in 2006 of individuals saying they are
dissatisfied with their companion.
The study, that covers 2009 as part of the latest British
Household Panel Survey, records responses to the question: 'how
dissatisfied or satisfied are you with your
husband/wife/partner', providing options from completely
satisfied to very dissatisfied. The statistics outlined that the
percentage of satisfied partners increased by 2.4 per cent in 2009
to 92.3 per cent from 89.9 per cent in 2006.
Not only were couples more satisfied overall, there was also an
increase in those answering 'completely satisfied', with
the 2009 data reaching a peak of 54.7 per cent – the
highest recording since 2002.
These figures are surprising considering that following several
years of decline, divorce rates in England and Wales in 2010 have
increased by 5 per cent. Despite this, it appears that marriage is
still an attractive concept, with ONS figures for 2010 showing an
overall increase of 3.7 per cent to 241,100. This shows that whilst
divorce figures are on the increase, there are still many couples
that continue to lead agreeable relationships.
David Thompson, partner at Charles Russell, commented:
"Despite the rise in divorce statistics, the increase in
marriages taking place in 2010 indicate that there are still many
couples that are very much happily married – and the ONS
figures support this."
"At Charles Russell we've observed an increase in the
amount of couples that want to divorce, yet choose to hold off
until they have the financial means to progress it. Often this is
until they get a significant sum of money in a lump sum or through
a work bonus."
"This is an example of the financial crisis is keeping
people together, in rare instances we see it enables the couple to
resolve their issues and to work things out."
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