Love blossoming during lockdown for 81 per cent of Sheffield couples
Four out of five couples in Sheffield say lockdown has helped them feel closer to their partner, according to research for a family law firm.
During lockdown, most couples living together in the UK have spent significantly more time together than usual. Many have chosen to move in together, and in some cases with in-laws, so that they did not have to experience quarantine alone.
Despite reports of many relationships failing as a result of the UK lockdown, a new study from Stowe Family Law reveals that many couples who have lived together during the pandemic actually feel stronger and more confident in their relationship than before.
In Sheffield, 81 per cent of couples say that lockdown has helped their relationship and that they now feel closer to their partner, with none reporting a negative effect.
This was the highest figure in 10 UK cities polled.
Just under a third (31%) feel that they have had more time to focus on their relationship and 21 per cent feel that they understand their partner better now.
It was the youngest group who took part in the research (16-24 years) who were the most likely to feel positive about their relationship, with one in five saying they reached new milestones because of lockdown.
The age group most likely to have had a negative experience were 45-54 years, with lockdown magnifying issues in their relationship (10%).
Men were more likely to see a positive change compared to women overall.
People have still experienced additional pressures.
In Sheffield nearly a quarter struggled with mental health (24%) and 18 per cent say that sexual activity and general conflict added pressure to their relationship.
Many have missed having alone time, with a lack of personal space included in a list of pressures they felt (16%).
More friction was caused by a partner not taking government advice seriously, such as spending time with other people outside the household or not washing their hands regularly.
Some couples took their relationship to the next level, including getting engaged or buying a dog.
to contact the Stowe Sheffield office, go to https://www.stowefamilylaw.co.uk/offices/sheffield/
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