According to divorce experts, ’tis the season for hitting Splitsville: every January, 50 percent more divorces are started than any other month. Which makes this past Monday — i.e. the first working day after the holidays — officially Divorce Day: the busiest day of the year for divorce lawyers.
Blame it on couples who didn’t want to spoil Christmas, blame it on post-holiday debt, blame it on the hangover, blame it on bad gift-giving etiquette, blame it on too many days off (i.e. more time with an annoying partner), blame it on Aunt Edna’s Christmas pudding — but whatever you do, don’t blame it on holiday office party nookie. Nope, apparently adultery is cited in just 3 percent of divorce cases these days — compared to 17 percent of cases a few decades back. These days, total lack of sex is more likely to be the culprit, with one in ten married couples claiming to have no sex at all. Yay January! Yay monogamy!
Have you ever tossed out a partner in January along with the bare-limbed Christmas tree and the broken baubles? If so, what made you do it this month in particular? And let’s speculate: which celeb is going to be the first to embrace the spirit of D-Day and wash that enabling/disabling (wo)man right out of his or her hair?