According to counselling service Relate, one in four divorcees regrets their split. For some, the very idea will seem impossible — but for others it is a secret longing they can hardly admit even to themselves. He had such a clever way with words and he made me laugh.
Victoria Craig, 66, runs a knitwear company and lives with her husband Nicholas, 67, a retired solicitor, in Corbridge, Northumberland. That night at the wedding, we talked until the early hours, and a couple of weeks later he rang to ask me out.
But around 12 years into our 23-year marriage, we began to grow apart.
Nicholas was very busy with his business, which involved a lot of travel to the Far East.
He came to every birthday party, and eventually every party we ever had he came as a friend and part of the family.
The couple, who have three grown-up sons, first wed in November 1972. When I was 25 and Nicholas proposed, I had no doubts that he was ‘the one’. As the day approached, I became incredibly nervous as it was a very formal ‘society’ wedding held at my parents’ mansion in Wiltshire with 300 guests.
We moved to Northumberland 18 months later so Nicholas could take over the family business after his father died.
My ex-husband and I have been divorced since our children were small (they are now in their 20s).
I remarried once for a brief and unfortunate time and I've had a few long, failed relationships. We are both single now and remain very good friends.