“There have also been fabulous overseas adventures including a Caribbean cruise with friends and a month travelling on my own in Bali, Australia and Hong Kong – things I’d never have done had I remained married.
“In fact I wish I’d been brave enough to end the marriage sooner but I stayed out of commitment to my vows and for the sake of our two children.
“Mick and I met at school and when he asked me out I couldn’t believe it as he was such a good-looking boy, while I was a quiet and naive girl who’d had a strict Methodist upbringing.
“We married in June 1973 aged 21 and had our two sons Steve, now 35, and Kevin who tragically died in a motorbike accident when he was 22, just nine months after his dad and I separated. Over the years Mick and I had drifted apart.
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In addition to sales, traffic to the Divorce Online website rose by a significant 45.4% for the same period. Free advice sections, such as “ask the experts” where questions are answered by lawyers and forums, where users share their experiences and talk to family professionals, showed the biggest increases.
The latest figures from Divorce Online cement the predictions of a June 2013 YouGov report, which suggested a potential surge in DIY divorces following the withdrawal of legal aid in the majority of private family cases.
YouGov’s report found that nearly a quarter (24%) of those who used solicitor/law firms during their divorce used legal aid to fund some or all of their divorce – a resource that has now disappeared for the majority of people.
‘When the clouds of depression blew over me, I knew I needed something more than a paracetamol to cure it so I went to see my doctor and they were amazing. They got me on the right track with counselling, anti-anxiety tablets for the really awful bits and anti-depressants.’
Tracey explains more about the coping mechanism she discovered in a pen and paper, ‘I started writing all the stuff that was rolling around in my head initially, then those pieces morphed into ditties that told lots of different divorce stories from women I had spoken to. The creative process was painfully enjoyable and very powerful.’
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It’s not a man hating read by any means, indeed, this fictional reads’ primary aim is to lift the spirits and regular BBC Radio 4 poet, Matt Harvey concurs, ‘It’s humour, heartache and hope, held together with rhythm and rhyme; it’s great!’
Her witty performances are laced together with depictions of some of the most bizarre divorce stories she has come across and combined with her coping tips to help others get through it, evoking tears, laughter and the reality that you are not alone.
Tickets for the performance at 7pm on 5th July are £3 and available from Archway Bookshop and the Arts Café; refreshments will also be available. (There is a private media performance at 6pm.)
The paperback is on sale at Archway Bookshop and other retailers priced £9.99. The author is donating 10% of book sale profits to the West Dorset Women’s Refuge and WAND (Women’s Action Network Dorset), two great organisations helping countless women in crisis.
Details of future performances and the book can be found at
Last week, the accountants PricewaterhouseCoopers gave FTSE 350 companies a score of 75/100 for their efforts, and while that sounds pretty good, it was 88/100 in early 2007, before the recession began. PwC says the score, which tracks companies’ overall financial strength versus their pension obligations, should be more than 90 if UK plc is to get its pension bills “under control”.
Against this backdrop, those advising companies on their pension problems are beginning to think the unthinkable. Stefan Lundbergh of the pensions management firm Cardano wrote in these pages in May: “There’s a real danger that UK corporate defined-benefit pension schemes may have to cut their benefits to members.”
Relate calls for a coherent government strategy and for support and counselling to be prescribed by GPs.
In a report, the charity calls for a new post of minister for ageing.
The report, jointly published with the New Philanthropy Capital, entitled Who Will Love Me When I’m 64?, suggests there are changes in the nature of relationships of elderly couples today compared with the previous generation.
Divorce rates of men and women over 60 increased between 1991 and 2011, it notes, whereas those of younger couples have fallen in the past 10 years.
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During the interview, she speaks candidly about how she battled with depression during her divorce and the coping techniques she developed for dealing with it, which she hopes will go on to inspire other women to do the same during the tricky moments of their divorces too.
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But within days, her impressive design had gone viral getting more than 40,000 ‘likes’ and prompting several admirers to ask 15-year-old Demi to design their wedding dress.
The stunning gown, reminiscent of the Emanuelle gown worn by Princess Diana or one of Thelma Madine’s elaborate designs as seen on Channel 4 show My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, was made using more than 1,500 genuine divorce papers.
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Mandy said: “Couples are busy and often they haven’t had the time to sit down and talk about what really matters prior to entering the marriage.
“Some couples haven’t talked about whether they want to have children or about organising their finances.
“There’s also less dating nowadays. When you are living together you tend to live parallel lives, but couples aren’t necessarily getting to know each other.”
Kevin and Mandy run Care for the Family’s Marriage by Design Course, which is not faith-based although Christian couples can request a Christian course if they wish.
During the course, each couple sit at their own table to listen to presentations and watch video clips, then music is played while the couple discusses any issues the film has raised.
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The show focuses on how she juggles her new relationships and her ex-husband post-divorce while still living under the same roof.