Staying in an unhappy marriage could be the best thing you do, new study suggests

Feb 8, 2017 by

by Rozina Sabur, Telegraph:

Having a child puts a strain on relationships, but staying in an unhappy marriage is the best thing you can do for its long-term success, according to a study.

Researchers found the majority of couples who are unhappy when their first child is born feel fulfilled a decade later.

Seven in ten couples stay together following the birth of their first child despite being unhappy, according to the Marriage Foundation.

Research commissioned by the organisation found that 68 per cent of these couples report being happy 10 years on.

Moreover 27 per cent said they were “extremely happy”, giving their relationships a score of seven out of seven .

At current levels, a child born today only has a 50 per cent chance of living with both parents by the time they reach 15, but the research suggests a “grin and bear it” approach may well prove fruitful in the long run.

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