HOLIDAYS are behind a recent surge in divorces as a fifth of Brits admit cheating on their partners while they are away, new research shows.
The report revealed that 25 per cent were unfaithful on a stag or hen do abroad, 34 per cent cheated while away with friends and 19 per cent committed adultery on a work trip.
Nearly 4 in 10 claimed their unfaithfulness was a “silly mistake” but over 20 per cent said they would do it again if their partner would be none the wiser.
Amy Harris of law firm Slater and Gordon, which commissioned the survey, said: “This should act as a warning to couples. What may seem like a silly holiday romance can be detrimental to a relationship.”
Slater and Gordon conducted the research after seeing a rise in the number of clients during the summer.
Clients were referring to their partner’s unfaithfulness while on holiday.
Those questioned cited too much alcohol and getting “carried away” while abroad as being the main reason for their infidelity.
But some admitted they strayed while on a make or break holiday to patch up ongoing relationship troubles with their partner. A third said that watching other happy couples enjoying their holiday put their own relationship under the spotlight.
Couples who cheated while away with their partners conceded they had used a holiday as a last attempt to save their marriage, but over half said they eventually went on to divorce after returning home.
Harris, a family lawyer at the firm, said: “Many couples experiencing trouble in their relationship will hope that time away from the stresses and strains of everyday life will solve their issues.
“It takes more than a few weeks away to fix deeply rooted problems in a relationship but by taking the holiday and doing everything you can to save a marriage means that even if a couple does decide to divorce it can often been done more amicably.”
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