Region worst for divorce caused by cash

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FINANCIAL worries are having more of an impact on divorce rates in Yorkshire than in other parts of the country, according to a new survey.

In the ninth annual matrimonial survey by Grant Thornton, 69 per cent of family lawyers across the UK said financial worries putting strain on relationships was the most significant way the recession was affecting divorce rates.

In Yorkshire, that figure was 93 per cent – although only seven per cent in the region said the recession was being used as an excuse by one party to argue for a lower settlement, compared to 27 per cent across the country. The economic climate has also forced couples to delay proceedings, according to 47 per cent of family lawyers surveyed in Yorkshire and 29 per cent nationally.

However, growing apart or falling out of love was still the most common reason for divorce, at 27 per cent in Yorkshire and 25 per cent nationally. Infidelity was a close second, at 23 per cent and 24 per cent respectively.

The value of assets to be split in the divorce has changed significantly in the last year – in 66 per cent of cases it was less than £500,000, while last year that figure was just 28 per cent.