Last December there was a small piece that popped up in my RSS box, not really substantial enough to make a blog post, but intriguing all the same. An on-line Divorce company – I had no idea such a thing existed – was offering a ‘free divorce’ as the prize in a competition to celebrate January as the ‘peak month for divorces’.
Divorce Online ‘allows’ – their words – couples to conduct their own divorce proceedings ‘without having to fork out for a solicitor’.
“In our competition, all we ask is that entrants must have agreed an amicable divorce and have agreed their financial and children’s arrangements. The couple who show they have approached their divorce in the most sensible and amicable way will win.”
Hmmn, I rather thought it was the law which ‘allowed’ us to conduct our own divorce proceedings, and whilst you don’t have to ‘fork out’ for a solicitor, you do have to ‘fork out’ £740 to Divorce Online! You can of course go directly HERE and file your own petition for divorce directly to the courts for considerably less….
Anyway, back to our competition; I made a note in my diary to follow up and see who had won this miserable Christmas present.
No sign of any winners mentioned on the Internet, so I phoned the company.
‘Who won?’ I said. ‘Ah, we cancelled the competition’ was the response. ‘On the grounds of poor taste?’ I sarcastically suggested. ‘Not at all, lack of interest actually, we only had three entries’ she shot back.
By now thoroughly hooked, I got to speak to one of the Directors of the company, Mark Keenan, and a riveting tale unfolded. It was certainly riveting to me, for I had already shown that Labour was quite literally driving us mad, now it seemed that they were wrecking marriages.
In January to March of last year, the dying days of Labour’s stressful reign over us, Divorce Online had enjoyed a spectacular 40% rise in sales – then came the election and the emollient effect of the Con-Dem government resulted in an almost immediate 10% drop in the number of couples who decided that they couldn’t stand the sight of each other!
Unfortunately, the Office of National Statistics haven’t yet published any more up to date figures than 2008 on Divorce in the UK, so I am not in a position to challenge Mark Keenan’s assertion that this is because Divorce is in a bracket broadly described as a luxury good, and thus susceptible to the pressures of the economic situation.
I find it hard to believe that those who want a divorce will gaze lovingly at each other over a Valentine’s Dinner tonight merely because the price of petrol has gone up, it would seem more likely that life in general has become, if not utopian, at least more bearable than it was under Labour. I must remember to check if the number of us going mad has dropped as well!
As you gaze into the ‘limpid pools’ of your loved ones eyes tonight, remember to raise a half hearted glass to the emollient Con-Dem government – you might not be so enamoured if Labour had still been in power.
Is it really lack of money that keeps you together? How unromantic!