More divorces due to infidelity

Adultery was cited as the leading cause for divorce last year, accounting for 32 per cent of all splits, up from 29 per cent in 2005, according to a new survey.

Grant Thornton, a financial and business advice group, carried out the research, which solicitors will be glad to see involved fewer cases of physical or emotional abuse as a reason for leaving. Only four per cent of cases involved abuse in 2006, down from 12 per cent in the previous year.

Seventeen per cent of divorces were caused by unreasonable behaviour, eight per cent by family strains and four per cent were due to personal reasons, such as only one partner wanting to try for a baby.

It is the fourth year running that people in Britain and Northern Ireland have got divorced most often for reasons of infidelity.

Andrea McLaren, of Grant Thornton in London, said she had been surprised to discover that the number of people trying to conceal assets during the divorce process had fallen. Last year, only ten per cent of cases involved partners trying to conceal assets, down from 16 per cent in 2005.

Ms Mclaren commented: "Given the judgement in the Miller and McFarlane cases, which saw wives getting a larger share of the pot of wealth of their husbands, one would have expected this figure to increase."

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