Researchers conducted in depth interviews with 112 couples who had been an item for a minimum of three years. In addition to this couples also participated in a series of discussion groups during which they talked about relationship problems.
The team found that relationship issues were more frequent in the transition to parenthood though many parents admitted they did not anticipate raising children was going to be something that caused such a breakdown.
The researchers found that parenting caused a whole host of problems, from difficulties conceiving through to the strain of pregnancy.
In response to the study the government have called for an expansion in informal support for couples who are struggling with common problems such as parenthood.
The Coalition ministers are considering offering parents relationship counselling to help stop couples from succumbing to the pressure of raising children.
The move would see nurses or health visitors receiving extra training so they are equipped to offer relationship advice on top of their existing duties.
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