Family judge, Sir Paul Coleridge has stated that couples who divorce are likely to regret it five years later, and he has warned couples not to rush into divorce. 

Sir Paul told BBC Two’s Victoria Derbyshire programme that family breakdown was the ‘scourge of society’ and that evidence suggested that more than one in five divorced or estranged people think later that they should have tried to save their marriage.

His advice runs counter to the evidence from academics and researchers who suggest that couples who are unhappy and separate may be doing the right thing, particularly for the benefit of their children. Resolution (the family lawyers organisation) stated last year that eight out of ten children think their parents should separate rather than patch up a rocky marriage.