Australians try to make relationships work before contacting a divorce law firm

Date: Jan 19, 2014

The latest facts and figures published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show the number of divorces granted across the country has risen since 2011. However, this doesn't mean we're less committed to making our marriages and de facto partnerships work.

A recent survey in which over 2,000 couples took part demonstrates that many people would stay in marriages and de facto partnerships, even if they were unhappy, for the sake of their children.

Interestingly, it's young Australians - those aged between 25 and 34 years old - who are more likely to stick it out for longer.

The survey revealed that an impressive 52 per cent of couples who fell into this age bracket would "stay in an unhappy marriage for the sake of their children", while only 44 per cent of couples aged between 45 and 54 years old could say the same.

According to the ABS, divorces involving children have fallen by a significant amount since 1966. They now constitute just 48.8 per cent of all divorces in Australia.

In addition to this, the average length of marriages has increased from 10 years in the early 1980s to 12 years in this day and age, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Lyn Fletcher of Relationships Australia said this indicates younger Australians are approaching marriage and de facto partnerships with a certain "thoughtfulness".

"Young people are thinking seriously about marriage and parenting before going into long-term relationships and having children," she told the Sydney Morning Herald on Sunday (January 19).

''If there is a thoughtfulness going into a relationship, they're less inclined to just jump out of it.''

However, even if a healthy amount of "thoughtfulness" goes into marriages and de facto relationships, is just a fact of life that sometimes they don't work out.

The Australian Institute of Family Studies puts it best when it says the breakdown of long-term relationships can be "a highly disruptive and stressful experience".

It's not only spouses who may find divorce hard to swallow - children, too, can experience a number of "adjustment problems", such as high anxiety and low self-esteem, if the process is not managed carefully.

A divorce law firm such as Craddock Murray Neumann can help make the process as straightforward as possible. Whether you need assistance with child custody agreements or divorce financial settlements, our team is here to help.