Unfaithful couples stay together for the children

Finding out a partner has been unfaithful may seem like the end of a relationship, but a new study has found that many couples remain together for the sake of their children.

The new research carried out on behalf of Victoria Milan, a dating website for married people looking for an affair, found that 94 per cent of respondents said their children were one of the main reasons they would not get a divorce.

The study also found that 84 per cent of the 9856 respondents asked, said they did not think their children would understand or accept it if they divorced their spouse.

Victoria Milan’s CEO and founder, Sigurd Vedal, said the results demonstrated that parents continue to put their child’s happiness before their own.

“Some couples are desperately unhappy in their marriages; however they stay together for the sake of the kids.

“Divorce does divide families, and can cause heartache for children that can lead to issues in later life, so it’s easy to understand why couples do what they can to stay together.”

The latest research is supported by another recent study published in Family Relations, which found that parents who remain friends after divorcing did not necessarily raise ‘better-adjusted’ children than those who had a bitter divorce.

The US study examined 270 parents who got divorced between 1998 and 2004. It showed that children of divorce suffer regardless of how their parents get on afterwards.

It identified common problems among children whose parents had divorced; they included depression, anxiety, drug abuse and behaviour problems as well as the increased likelihood of problems at school and with future relationships.