If your marriage is suffering- then perhaps an open relationship could be the answer according to new research by illicitencounters.com.

Have you considered an open relationship?

Have you considered an open relationship?

5% of people in a struggling marriage reported entering into an open relationship in order to save it.

Of that 5%, 52% said that their relationship significantly improved afterwards because 44% were more satisfied with their sex life.

"It's a difficult concept to come to terms with," explained Christian Grant from extra-marital dating website IllicitEncounters.com.

"Entering an open relationship might seem scary to some, as it completely undermines everything we're taught about love and marriage, but more and more people are warming to the idea."

The results are reflective of the new approaches people are using to save their relationships.

"People in an unhappy relationship or marriage are often too scared to speak up and act to save what's left," says Grant.

"The UK has one of the highest divorce rates on the continent*, so something's clearly going terribly wrong somewhere, and not enough is being done to fix it."

This statistic is slowly changing however- according to Grant,

"With many divorces proving to be far too messy financially, amongst other things, more and more people are seeing open relationships as an excellent solution to their problems. Don't knock it before you try it."

Kerry, who has been using IllicitEncounters.com for 3 years, said: "I initially intended to use the site to have an affair, but I opened up to my husband and we've been in an open relationship ever since.

I'll admit that it was a little weird at first, but my husband and I found ourselves happier than we'd been in a long time. Now, we're both on the site regularly to look for other partners. It's not as common as a 'normal' relationship, sure, but who's to say what's normal and what constitutes happiness anyway?"

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