One of the most important things I’ve learned in the last few months is that everything is interconnected. You can’t look at environmental sustainability without finding yourself dealing with social and economic sustainability too.
To whit, lawyers refer to January 7th as D-day, because this is the busiest day of the year for filing for divorce. It’s the first working monday, and people have had the whole of Christmas to wind each other up as they queue up and down the motorways to visit each other’s families.
“Too much yuletide togetherness can prove disastrous for those already under stress,” writes Judith Woods in the Times, “the festivities serving to accentuate rather than mend the cracks in the relationship.” The relationships charity Relate sees a 50% rise in calls over the Christmas period, and divorce lawyers start the new year with a spring in their step, perhaps.
According to insidedivorce.com, the leading factors in divorce are as follows:
Lack of sex, 22%
Financial rows, 22%
Alcohol and drugs, 22%
In the light of recent posts on debt, items 5 and 7 are interesting in that list – January is the worst time for relationship breakdown. January is also the worst time for debt. Christmas is a dangerous thing.