By Elena Moya
LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Almost half of Britain's divorcing couples used a private investigator last year to confirm, or deny, their suspicions about their spouse cheating on them, accountancy firm Grant Thornton said on Monday.
About 49 percent of divorcing couples hired an investigator in 2006, substantially above the 18 percent in 2005, according to a survey by Grant Thornton's Forensic and Investigation Services unit of 100 of the U.K.'s leading family lawyers.
Of those who used a private investigator, 30 percent were women, while 19 percent were men, the survey shows.
"For the fourth year running our survey has shown that extra marital affairs is the primary reason cited for the break down of marriages in the U.K.," said Andrea McLaren, head of Grant Thornton's London Matrimonial Practice.
He knows with whom you’re sleeping. He knows with whom you wake. He knows when you’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake. It’s pretty amazing that half of divorcing Britons are using private dicks to check on a philandering (or not philandering) spouse. Most people can put up with all manner of problems, but infidelity seems to be the grand deal-breaker. It would be interesting to see a study of divorce broken out by age, demographic, and motivation. Infidelity would probably rank very high in a younger demo and dwindle as a couple ages. It’s scary to think that someone could be stalking us, watching our every move, surreptitiously photographing us and reporting back to someone. Even the most honest and kind people will probably do a thing or two in the course of the day that they wouldn’t want immortalized on film—like testing out new dance moves or shadow boxing in front of the mirror (not that we’d ever do that!).