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Do Men Really get Talked Into Divorce?

 Nearly one in four men (23 per cent) said they had been influenced by friends who were already divorced or separated, compared with fewer than one in six women (15 per cent).

Men can be talked into divorce by their male friends, according to a report.

While women make up their own minds on breaking up their marriage, men are likely to be swayed by talking in the pub to their separated pals.

Because men are so easily influenced, when one gets divorced it creates a ripple effect that undermines the marriages of his companions, the report said.

Christina Blacklaws, of The Co-operative Legal Services, said: ‘It’s human nature to look to others for reassurance when it comes to relationships.

‘When one couple splits up, others often notice the cracks in their own relationship, leading to a ripple effect throughout a social circle or family.’

Research suggests divorcees tend to be poorer, in worse health and unhappier and their children are more likely to do badly at school.

But 11 per cent of those who took part in the survey said they wanted the same happiness as their single or separated friends.

The survey of more than 2,000 people, carried out by Vision Critical, found that family members were less likely to play a part in a divorce.

Only 10 per cent of men and 9 per cent of women said they had been influenced by a relative.

And only 4 per cent allowed a TV storyline to lead them to cast doubt on their marriage, while only 1 per cent were influenced by the behaviour or opinion of a celebrity.


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