Now it’s the 11-year itch for Northern Ireland couples

Married couples in Northern Ireland are now waiting longer to scratch the fabled seven-year itch — with research out today indicating that most divorces occur after 11 years of wedlock.

Over two-thirds of solicitors surveyed by financial advisers Grant Thornton said that the majority of break-ups happen in the second decade of the marriage.

Sally Longworth, partner at Grant Thornton's practice in Belfast, said: “This rather dispels the age old myth about marriages failing after seven years.

“It is impossible to put any scientific reasoning on why certain marriages succeed and others fail.”

The examination of the main causes of divorce found that one in four marriages end due to a partner having an affair.

But around the same number fail simply because the husband and wife believe they have fallen out of love.

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