The break-up of a marriage can exact a significant price on those involved. Children, family, friends and even pets can all be affected to some degree in addition to the husband and wife. To the emotional toll can be added the financial elements of separation - lump sums, property transfers, maintenance and pensions.
I really had hoped that we would be able to avoid talking about peripheral Europe once March's Greek bond payment and orderly default on its debt was out of the way. The focus has of course shifted from Italy to Spain in the past month, as Mariano Rajoy's 100-day honeymoon as Spanish prime minister has come to a rather sudden and painful stop.
We need a jubilee - cancellation of debts, radical financial reform and tax justice - to exit the profound crisis of democracy whereby European statesmen believe their job is to hold Europe's people to account to Europe's banks.
With the economy remaining sluggish, it is no longer a rarity to see news of closed shops, failed businesses and company administrations. But it isn't just businesses receiving final demands for payment - debt in the UK has become personal. It is said that most of us are only one or two pay packets from bankruptcy.
In today's free market economy, there has to be a role of government whereby the principles of competition and improved customer delivery, particularly in the public services, are defined and refined for the greater good of society as a whole - and that part-owned private companies can be structured to be liable to perform to this greater good.
The recent fusillade of economic figures and announcements have undoubtedly done very little to ease the burden of consumer and investor uncertainty in the economy. The business pages of the papers continue to exceed the boundaries of repetition as every statistic and number seems to be a perfectly designed metaphor to create a sense of foreboding in the economy, as if there isn't enough already.