The cost of a break-up
Breaking up is hard to do, but it's especially hard for your wallet.
You may cry for days when you find out that he's left you and that it's over, but eventually you get over it.
Dealing with the financial repercussions of having shared everything with him for so long and suddenly having to go it alone might take longer to forget. And your bank manager certainly won't be forgetting it in a hurry.
A new study by Alliance & Leicester has shown that the average person coming out of a break-up spends ?13,500 buying possessions of their own.
This is because more than 90 per cent of couples buy joint possessions while they're together.
Claire Alvey, personal loans manager for Alliance & Leicester, said: "It is understandable that most couples buy things together, whether it is a major purchase like a new car or minor purchases like CDs or DVDs, without thinking about what might happen if one day they split."
It may not sound like the most romantic topic of discussion, but one per cent of couples interviewed in the survey said they'd signed or thought about signing a contract, which outlined who would get what if they split up.
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