In the past five years, we've seen an almost 50 per cent rise in the number of cases where one party in the marriage is left claiming they're "picking up the tab" for debts they didn't build up. This can happen for two reasons.
Privacy laws aside, the French love a sex scandal just like the rest of the world. They try to pretend that as a country they tolerate affairs, powerful men are somehow entitled to take lovers and the rest of the world is somewhat immature not to understand. The hypocrisy lies in the fact they seriously believe these relationships have no impact on the ability to do their jobs.
January not only sees the most depressing month of the year because of tighter clothes and maxed credit cards but it also holds the record for most couples filing for divorce. THOUSANDS of warring couples will have made Monday 'Divorce Monday' as their relationships hit the buffers.
Would you want to ensure that if something happens to you there is sufficient financial support in place to support your family? For a minute consider the following: If you were to die who would pay the mortgage? Who would pay the bills? Who would cover the loss of your income?
The worst thing is the backsliding. It happens, and you just have to accept it. This is apparently one of the things that hits a lot of people the hardest: you're chugging along doing fine, and then it kicks you in the guts, as visceral as it is emotional. It's a cruel intrusion into your belief that you were doing well, and stirs up all kind of worries...
It's this time of the year, soon after the Christmas and New Year holidays, that couples' therapists and divorce lawyers find their telephones ringing more incessantly than during the rest of the year.
Friday is D-Day; the day where most marriages hit the rocks and the process of salvaging the wreckage begins. One of the most profitable times of year for solicitor firms specialising in divorce is also one of the most lucrative for a range of firms that make their money from separation..
I found the fear of making mistakes to be so overwhelming, and I thought that those mistakes were going to affect me for evermore. That was very scary. I found the way to stop it being so overwhelming was to get professional help.
There's no way to broach the subject of divorce at this time of year without feeling it somehow goes against the spirit of the season, but for a large number of families it's something which has to be faced very quickly after the last mulled wine has been drunk.
At the end of most serious relationships, there is usually the question of who goes? And where? It's easier if one of you owns the house, as it becomes a pretty simple answer: you can stay, and your partner can move back in with his parents (ha!) his Evangelical, tee-total parents (double ha!)
If you are dealing with divorce and family breakup, Theta can help you move forwards into a happier and more empowered life.
In 2013, we have had to grow used to the fact that progress - in civic terms - can be reversed far quicker than it is made. This observation is rendered fact by reductions in public spending which have also resulted in the rolling back of hard fought legal rights and access to justice, despite their having helped protect vulnerable citizens for generations.
Filing for divorce because of adultery is no longer as common as it once was. Only 20 years ago, it was blamed for one-in-four divorces. Now, it is the primary factor in less than one-sixth of cases. On the other hand, complaints of unreasonable behaviour have steadily increased. It now accounts for almost half of all divorces.
Often Christmas is a terribly difficult time, not only the expectations, but the rejections and let downs. The trouble - not for all though - is being thrown together with family members, extended family members, or even strangers for several days in a row. And there's little room for escape.
The forthcoming holiday season provides an opportunity for families to spend time together. Sadly, it can also exacerbate tensions which may result in them breaking apart. Such division can have long-lasting consequences for the adults involved and for any children.
Incest; is there anything more shudderingly repulsive? The internet may have desensitised us to many formerly unspeakable acts, but sexual relations between family members are still morally repugnant and utterly disturbing... Or are they?