Tuesday 3 January 2012

Same old myth, marginally different spin.

Every new year sees the same old recycling of the divorce myth.  You can find it here, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/relationships/divorce/8988995/Judge-launches-foundation-to-reduce-disease-of-divorce.html,
and here, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-16388496,
and even here, http://www.anglican-mainstream.net/2012/01/03/senior-judge-starts-campaign-to-mend-not-end-marriages/.

No, it's not lawyers who say that this is traditionally the busiest day for divorces, it's journalists who traditionally say it at this time every year.  I confess that I'm now getting a little irritated by this.  You see I don't believe that most people see divorce as an impulse buy.  Rushing off in a temper to a solicitor is not something which people do.  The solicitor is actually the last person who gets consulted.  I suspect that family are first to hear the worst about a failing marriage.  Close friends certainly get to hear early.  It's only when other people who are close to a couple have said that they understand why there's a problem that one or other of them goes to see the solicitor.  Many couples actually seek professional counselling before going to a lawyer, and so much the better.  No, ending a relationship which was intended to be life long is a serious business and most people take it seriously.

Yes, I dare say I shall see plenty of new instructions before the month is out.  Perhaps some of them result from disputes which came to a head during what was meant to be the festive period.  However, there's no sign of a stampede yet today, just like all the previous years I've been doing this.

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