The start of Autumn might come as welcome relief for at least one in three North West couples as research from law firm SAS Daniels shows that the summer holidays can play havoc with your relationship.
In the research conducted by ICM on behalf of SAS Daniels, 33% of couples in the North West said they rowed over the cost of summer, preparing for trips away and childcare – suggesting why SAS Daniels has seen such a significant rise in divorce enquiries in recent months.
The law firm has reported a rise of 25% in divorce cases in September as rows during the summer months take their toll on the region’s relationships.
It would seem that the cost of the holiday season from trips away and days out, to paying for childcare is the main cause of seasonal friction, with a quarter of parents admitting to this being the leading cause of rows with their partner.
Spats over managing childcare during the long school holidays are more common for Manchester couples than those in Liverpool. And, almost twice as many couples in Liverpool claimed that they rowed with their partner over their holiday not living up to expectations than those in Manchester.
Partners not pulling their weight to prepare for the holidays was also cited as a leading cause of rows for North West couples. From booking a break away to holiday shopping and packing, it would seem that twice as many women than men argue with their partner over their lack of help when it comes to preparing to go away.
Head of the Family Team at SAS Daniels said: “Most of us look forward to spending the summer months with our partners and families, but unfortunately for some couples, the cost and the anticipation of a great summer can lead to a breakdown of the relationship’’.
“The survey results indicate some of the pressures that couples, especially for those with children, face over the summer months and sadly the number of new files for divorce we have recently opened prove that the summer was the final straw for some relationships’’.
Flirting, drunken behaviour and just generally being miserable were the biggest cause of rows for couples in the under 25 age groups, claiming that they weren’t happy with their partner’s behaviour whilst away on holiday.
However, it would seem that for couples over 65 the summer doesn’t cause a great deal of friction, with just 7% claiming that spending more time than usual in each other’s company led to rows.
The research was conducted by ICM at the end of September 2015 across a representative sample of over 2000 adults in the UK.