Date Nights Can Reduce the Risk of Divorce

Couples who go on occasional date nights have a reduced risk of their relationship breaking down, according to new research by Marriage Foundation. However, the pro-marriage think-tank found that the beneficial effects of date nights are only felt by married couples, not those who cohabit. Researchers analysed data from the Millennium Cohort Study data relating to 9,969 couples with nine-month-old children, 30% of whom went on date nights once a month. This group had 14% lower odds of splitting up than couples who rarely or never spent an evening together without their children. Interestingly, the research showed that when date nights became a weekly event they lost their benefit. Eleven per cent of couples who had date nights once a week or more often were no more likely to stay together than those who never made time for date nights at all, suggesting a degree of spontaneity is a key ingredient in a successful date night. “Couples are understandably keen to find the magic recipe f

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