Monday the 5th of January is the BIGGEST day of the year for affairs!


Following on from news that Friday the 2nd of January is dubbed ‘Divorce Day’ by the legal community, the UK’s leading married dating website,, has revealed that Monday 5th January, is the most adulterous day of the year.

When most of the British public goes back to work after a busy and stressful Christmas it makes for the most likely time that UK married couples would embark on an affair.

Statistics show that January is the time most married people either think about embarking on an affair – or splitting from their partner completely, making it Britain’s bleakest month of the year for marriages.

This follows research conducted that shows that 1-3 married people think they may have married the wrong person or for the wrong reason.

Christmas and New Year is a week of family lockdown when there is no excuse for avoiding family time this leads to people seeking extra-marital relationships, which rises significantly after the majority of the British public go back to work.

Spokesperson for Mike Taylor explains: “Christmas and New Year are times when couples spend an intense period of time with each other and their families. This can be quite claustrophobic and sometimes leads to a ‘cabin fever’ situation where both parties feel irritated with each other and underlying problems are exasperated. The 5th of January is typically one of the first days back to work and back to freedom and spouses take this opportunity to explore all the things they couldn’t under the watchful eye of their partner.” sees on average a 30 per cent higher levels of activity during the winter months compared with the rest of the year, and this year to attract more female members Illicit Encounters has even released a 2015 calendar to showcase some of its eligible non-bachelors.

Based on previous years, is expected to see a sharp rise in the number of members joining the site. It is expected that there will be over One Million active UK members, approximately six per cent of the UK’s married population registered on the website by the end of winter.

This year the surge started even earlier with the pressure being too much for some couples, even by Boxing Day as Illicit Encounters reported it’s highest ever boxing day activity on the site showing it doesn’t take long during the festive period for the cracks to appear.


The UK’s Leading married dating website is the UK’s largest and longest running dating site for married people. With one million members across the UK, you’re sure to find your perfect match!

Established in 2003, we have been providing a meeting place for like-minded married and attached people for 12 years. Our members have one thing in common – they are all looking for a little romance outside their current relationship. Whether that’s the occasional bit of flirtatious chat, a regular coffee date, or a full-blown affair, that’s up to them.

For comments, case-studies or more information contact Claire Page:


Mobile: 078 243 53986

Office: 020 7953 7167

Twitter: @illicitclaire

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