More than half of people who have divorced regret the end of their relationship, a new study has suggested.
Researchers found that 54 per cent of divorced Brits said they had experienced second thoughts about their decision.
Some of the top reasons given for regret included still loving or missing an ex-partner, feeling lonely, or simply realising the grass is not greener.
Of those surveyed, 41 per cent had given their relationship a second chance. Over half of those said their relationship was stronger since the divorce.
2,000 Brits who have gone through a divorce or ended a long-term relationship were included in the study commissioned to mark the DVD release of British comedy The Love Punch.
A spokesman for the survey said “the words ‘I want a divorce’ can be said in the heat of an argument” but it can often be too late to take it back.
He added that even if someone does not regret the split straight away, as one in five people in the survey admitted, “dealing with the aftermath of a break-up can lead to more second thoughts”.
These findings appear to contradict previous studies on the matter. Last year, one claimed that a past divorce may increase a person’s enjoyment of the present, and another claimed women were happier following a divorce.