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Divorced Britons regret splitting after new financial pressures hit home

The pain of regret after divorce can be long-lasting, especially when you consider the life-long impact divorce has on your children, your finances and your emotions. All the problems, the arguing, the unhappiness, it is all over now that the divorce is final. Right? Not always.

Thousands of people who go through a divorce or separation each year regret the split because of new financial pressures they’ve faced being single, according to new research[1].

Breaking up is hard to do The survey of divorced or separated people from across the UK found that a quarter (25%) who had struggled financially wished they had stayed with their ex-partner.

Around 100,000[2] people divorce every year in England and Wales. According to the findings, 36% said they found managing their finances ‘harder or more stressful’ on their own.

Tackling personal finances Being single put pressure on newly divorced or separated Britons in a number of different ways, including getting into more debt, not having enough time to shop around for the best deals, not having all information needed to make informed decisions or the realisation that they hadn’t tackled personal finances before.

The research also revealed that people who were newly divorced or separated found it difficult to adjust to the new financial realities of being single.

Getting into more and more debt Nearly half (48%) said they had to increase their working hours, and almost a third of single parents (30%) said they felt as though they were getting into more and more debt.

This is a sign of how serious the financial struggle can be post-split – that some people wish they had not gone their separate ways. The impact on your personal finances from splitting up and going down to one income is a big challenge.

A fair financial settlement is key A drop in income often comes after you’ve gone into debt to pay for the divorce or separation – so it’s a double whammy of debt repayments and less money coming in to pay the bills. The research underscores the importance of a fair financial settlement when a couple divorces. When it comes to relationships, for some people a life-long, happy marriage is the dream but the unfortunate reality is that it doesn’t always end that way.

Source data: [1] The research for Royal London was carried out by Research Without Barriers (RWB) between 12/04/2019 and 15/04/2019 amongst a sample of 1,012 UK adults who have been married and separated, divorced and/or widowed. All research conducted adheres to the MRS Code of Conduct (2014). [2] There were 101,669 divorces in the UK in 2017, according to the ONS