More than half of all British married couples regret their marriage

Post-nuptial remorse Over half of all British married couples regret saying 'I do'
Most change their minds after one or two years of married lifeChief reason for regret is a loss of independence

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15:40 GMT, 17 July 2012

Your wedding day is meant to be the happiest day of your life – and at the time it most likely was.

But, as Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have found out, that feeling does not always last.

In fact more than half of all married couples in Britain admit they have felt regrets about tying the knot, and even the person they chose to tie it with, according to new research.

In a survey questioning 4,000 British
married couples, over 50 per cent revealed they have felt regret at
some point with regards to their marriage.

Marital discord: More than half of all married couples in Britain admit to having had regrets about their marriage at some point

Marital discord: More than half of all married couples in Britain admit to having had regrets about their marriage at some point

One in four couples (26 per cent) admitted feeling once or twice that they had made the wrong decision in getting married, 19 per cent felt this way sometimes, and 6 per cent said they spent most of the time feeling they had made a mistake.

Wedding cracks: Eleven per cent of regretful spouses reveal they even had doubts about their relationship on their wedding day

Wedding cracks: Eleven per cent of regretful spouses reveal they even had doubts about their relationship on their wedding day

The most popular reason for lamenting
marriage is the loss of independence, while over a fifth of those
experiencing regret blame the monotony of married life.

One quarter of regretful British husbands and wives admit to thinking they married the wrong person, while 11 per cent of
spouses who regret marriage admit they are attracted to someone else.

Ten per cent confess they are simply no longer physically attracted to their partner.

Additionally, many couples that took
part in the survey – which was conducted by independent body OnePoll on behalf of married persons dating website IllicitEncounters.com – stated they regretted getting
married even before the first year was over; a shocking 11 per cent regretting getting married on their actual wedding day.

Rosie Freeman-Jones, IllicitEncounters spokesman, said: 'People's expectations are changing when it comes to relationships.

'Whereas 30 years ago people were much more happy to “grin and bear” their marriages, and settle for something stable, today we live in an era of choice where people are socially and financially mobilised.

'We're not accustomed to settling any more, in any area of our life.

'People expect the utmost from their marriage – but humans are fallible, and the very best isn't always possible when it comes to relationships.

'Take into account also that the majority of British people are not very religious, and have a heightened interest in constantly upgrading and improving their lives, and it's easy to see why people regret tying themselves down.'

No regrets Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, who announced their divorce proceedings at the end of June, on their 2006 wedding day in Italy

Here comes the bride: Katie Price and Peter Andre obviously experienced regret with regards to their 2005 marriage and the couple split in 2009

The best day of your life Defunct celebrity couples Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise, left, and Katie Price and Peter Andre, right, on their wedding days

The look of love Madonna and Guy Richie arrive at the 2001 premiere of his film Snatch in their first public appearance after their wedding and seven years before they eventually split

Mr and Mrs Ritchie: In 2001 Madonna proudly wore a 'Mrs Ritchie' jacket to celebrate her 2000 marriage to Guy, but the couple separated in 2008

Happy together: Madonna and Guy Ritchie pose for the cameras one month after their wedding, but were divorced just eight years later

Trouble in paradise A married Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt attend the 2004 premiere of Along Came Polly, a year before they called an end to their their seven-year relationship

I take thee: Cheryl Cole and her footballer husband Ashley in happier times before their 2010 divorce

Mismatched Married couples including Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt, left, and Ashley and Cheryl Cole, right, evidently felt some regret during their marriages, both of which ended in divorce

WHEN DID REGRET SURFACE

Immediately………………………..11%

After six months……………………8%

After one year…………………….23%

After two years……………………23%

After three years………………….15%

After five years……………………..6%

After ten years…………………….14%

WHAT CAUSED YOUR REGRET

I felt I'd lost my independence……………….36%

I felt I'd married the wrong person………….24%

I disliked the routine/monotony………………21%

I missed being free to flirt……………………..19%

I became attracted to someone else……….11%

I was no longer attracted to my partner…..10%

My marriage harmed my social life…………..7%

Other…………………………………………………14%