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As Australian couples celebrate the most romantic day of the year, new research has revealed many relationships are far from perfect.
Law firm Slater and Gordon surveyed more than 2000 Australians - in married and de facto relationships –of whom almost two thirds (63%) admitted there are issues in their current relationships they believe need improving.
Almost half (47%) said their sex lives needed attention, 44 per cent nominated overall intimacy, 43 per cent want less focus or strain on finances, and 39 per cent believe they don’t spent enough time together.
Most men (58%) would like to see improvements in their sex lives, while 46 per cent of women cite financial issues as their biggest concern.
Slater and Gordon family lawyer Heather McKinnon said the research revealed that younger couples are the least happy.
“More than three quarters or 77 per cent of couples aged between 25 and 34 admitted that there are issues that need fixing in their marriages. Many of these couples have not been married for very long,” Ms McKinnon said.
"Of those who have been married for just two to three years, a staggering 82 per cent said their relationships need improving.
“In comparison, just over half of couples surveyed who are aged over 55 said there were no issues that needed addressing in their marriages,” she said.
Ms McKinnon said the research is further evidence of a world-wide trend known as “starter marriages.”
“Sadly, in Australia more than 40 per cent of divorces happen before a couple reaches their 10th wedding anniversary. The highest divorce rate is among those aged 25 and 34.”
Ms McKinnon advised any couple heading for divorce to seek legal advice from a family lawyer.