Our straight talking Lancashire lass takes a sideways look at the daily news.
January 9th is relationship doomsday
Many believe that 2012 is the year of the apocalypse, when humanity will be crumpled by volcanos/tsumanis/alien invasions/the antichrist/Simon Cowell/delete as appropriate... We’ll have to wait and see.
In the meantime, those who enjoy a bit of doom-mongering will be pleased to know that January 9th is the official D-Day for relationships, and January in general is the month where the tensions in ailing relationships peak, according to relationship expert Sharon Kell from Coco Moon Introduction Agency (a dating service with a personal touch).
“There are a multitude of reasons why people wait until January to decide to split up,” says Kell. “But what I hear from many clients is that they were struggling with the marriage or relationship before the holiday season. With it being a time for year-end reflections and resolutions, unhappy spouses or partners weigh-up their situation and decide they cannot take another year like the one they’ve just had.” Blimey – it kind of makes me glad I’m single!
And there might be some mileage in what Kell is saying – just look at Katy Perry and Russell Brand’s divorce announcement, or Sinead O’Connor’s marital split (and subsequent reunion) 16 days after her Las Vegas nuptials to a drug counselor she met online. You couldn’t make it up.
But crazy celebs aside – celeb relationships don’t adhere to the Laws of Physics or anything resembling reality – it is a fact that January is the busiest time for divorce lawyers.
Think about it… you have office parties that are often ripe for sneaky extramarital indiscretions; you have awkward family get-togethers mixed with beer, sherry and Bailey’s, you have arguments, you have no space, you have financial stress and you have to spend days in the kitchen. I think that couples who make it through Christmas and New Year intact deserve medals!
Mind you, couples looking for an easy New Year split may be in for a shock. A senior High Court judge is on the warpath and is determined to make divorce harder for couples – all in the name of promoting and protecting marriage. Judge Paul Coleridge says ‘Mend it, don’t end it”. So is marriage for life, or just for Christmas? Let’s weather the ‘January Blues’ and wait for February to find out!