Half of divorcees left regretting the split

A divorce was too final for many Britons, as it turned out.

We all know that deciding to get a divorce isn't something anyone does lightly – unless you're an A-lister and get married on a whim every so often, of course.

However, the amount of thought put into making the decision to split up might need to increase even for us mere mortals, according to a new survey.

The research was carried out on more than 2,000 British men and women who had either divorced or called time on a relationship of more than five years and was timed to coincide with the release of the DVD film The Love Punch.

It found that an incredible 54 per cent of divorcees have regrets of some sort about their break-up, with one in ten admitting that they think about them all the time. Unless they're regretting the fact that they didn't take the scissors to his or her clothes, that's a lot of sad people up and down the country.

Almost a quarter revealed they were struggling to move one because they still loved their ex-partner, with some only realising they regretted their divorce after seeing their former spouse in a romantic relationship with someone else – and then it was too late.

However, the outcome was happier for the people who recognised that the split should never have taken place and eventually got back together, as many people in this situation are still together now and feel happier or more stable than they did before the decree nisi.

A spokesperson for the survey warned: "Sometimes, the words 'I want a divorce' can be said in the heat of an argument. But once you calm down and really think about things, many realise it's the last thing they want – but by then, you can feel it's too late to take it back." 

Figures from the Office for National Statistics estimate that 42 per cent of marriages in England and Wales now end in divorce, so don't let this happen to you and then feel lost in regret for the rest of your life. Instead of arguing, talk through your issues with one of our psychic life coaches first and then discuss the matter with your partner once you've calmed down.

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