According to a new study by Co-operative Legal Services, couples who divorce are increasingly unlikely to accuse each other of infidelity.
The end of cheating?
The researchers examined more than 5 million divorce cases in the U.K. starting in the 1970s, and found that people these days are half as likely to list infidelity as the cause for their marriage breakdown.
These removed the need to prove cheating and have meant the choice of grounds for a divorce makes little difference to its expense or speed.
Their study showed that in the 70s, 29% of divorce cases were because of infidelity, while today only 15% of divorcing couples blame their issues on an affair.
New reason to blame for the divorce
Modern couples are much more likely to blame unreasonable behavior as the major cause of their splits. It has been cited in a number of high profile divorces including celebrities.
Unreasonable behavior is soaring as a cause of divorce, 28% of cases in the 1970s, but now accounting for almost half of all marriage splits.
The expense of having to prove a partner’s infidelity is one of the reasons thought to be behind the decline of adultery used as an excuse for divorce.
This is not the first study to look at the causes of divorce. Previous studies have their own basis of greater risk of marriage splits.