If we celebrate marriage, why not celebrate divorce?
Loveless and joyless unions do nothing for the happiness of either party, writes Julia Molony
The weeks after new year are peak season for divorce lawyers. January 2, apparently, is jackpot day when marital break-ups peak. It's all the pressure of Christmas, presumably, and the enforced family time that convinces so many of us to make a bolt for the door.
To capitalise on break-up season, Debenhams have launched a divorce gift list. It's much like an inverted wedding list.
And what a good idea. Because if a spouse turns out not, after all, to be for better or for worse, then this list helps facilitate those precious friends who can be counted on to pick up the slack. There are few occasions when the financial and moral support of one's peer group is of more value than when your family life is falling apart.