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Trouble in Paradise: Holiday Adultery And Divorce

Adultery is one of the top reasons for divorce. We have seen a rise in the number of clients coming to us citing their partner cheating on them while on holiday.

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To find out just how common adultery on holiday is and why people cheat while they are away we have commissioned a study with over 2,000 married and divorced Brits. We are also examining the legalities around adultery and divorce.

A holiday is seen by many couples as a chance to get away from the stresses and strains of everyday life and an opportunity to resolve relationship troubles. However, deep rooted relationship problems require more than a couple of weeks off in the sun – six in 10 couples find that a ‘make or break’ holiday doesn’t have the desired effect of saving their marriage. 

However, by dedicating time and effort to trying to fix a relationship with a break away from normal life, couples often benefit from having an amicable divorce, with the knowledge that they did all they could.

As many as a quarter of couples have used a holiday break to discuss the possibility of getting a divorce and talk through the issues in their relationship, so it is not unusual for couples to file for divorce following a holiday.


In general, holidays are a fun and happy time. They provide us with a chance to let our hair down with our partners, friends or family, but if cracks have already been appearing in your relationship or marriage for some time, holidays can lead to people crossing the line. Our new research revealed that one in 10 have cheated on their partner whilst on holiday.

50 per cent of Brits said their adultery was just a bit of ‘holiday fun’ and a way to 'let off steam' at a time when their relationship was going through a difficult patch. I would call for couples to take this research as a warning not to get carried away whilst abroad because what may seem like a silly holiday romance is detrimental to a relationship.

Our research found that cheating was most common on holidays with friends (34 per cent) followed by stag and hen parties (25 per cent) and holidays with close family (21 per cent). To help understand the pitfalls of holiday adultery here are the top three reasons why people cheat on their partner on holiday.

Top Three Reasons Why People Cheat on Their Partner on Holiday

  • Getting carried away – 37 per cent
  • Too much alcohol – 34 per cent
  • I had problems in my relationship – 31 per cent

Amy Harris is a family and divorce solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in London.

Slater and Gordon have the largest team of family lawyers in England and Wales. You can contact the divorce solicitors at Slater and Gordon Lawyers on freephone 0800 916 9055 or contact us online and we will work with you to resolve your divorce with compassion and efficiency.



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