An Associated Press article on our website (The Gazette) today about a Russian politician who is spearheading a drive to impose a tax on divorce, among other things, got me wondering . . .

Umm . . . A tax on divorce? Is that what we call “alimony” in Canada?

Just sayin’ . . .

I suppose the Russian tax would be in addition to any support payments paid out. It doesn’t appear to be a tax-generating scheme, but rather a way of keeping marriages together, as in “We hate each other’s guts, but we’re staying together because we don’t want to pay the divorce tax!”

I wonder, though, if the divorce tax might act as a deterrent to marriage, and make people think thrice before they leap and bound to the altar to say “I do.” I mean, the word “tax” is like a crucifix in one of those old Hollywood Dracula movies — it makes people recoil in horror . . .

Then again, how many newlyweds even entertain the idea that they might eventually get divorced? Love in bloom most often seems like it will last forever. “We’ll never have to pay the divorce tax,” the couple might say as they gaze into each other’s eyes. “Our love is eternal . . . We’re soulmates . . . (yadda yadda yech . . .)”

Still, I can’t see the word “tax” enhancing love potion No. 9 (and I really need to end this post and get ready for work!)

Have a great day, everybody!

Jillian