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What If Marriage Had an Expiration Date?


Is it time for a marriage overhaul? How about a contract with an end date?

The New York Times recently ran an article that explored the concept of renewable marriage contracts, meaning a marriage would "expire" after 5 years or 20 years or whatever the term would be and at the end of the term the couple was free to walk away or renew their marriage. The gist of the article is that marriage is changing: people are getting married later in life and many are choosing not to marry at all; the divorce rate is high, and some are wondering whether marriage is becoming obsolete or, at least undergoing an overhaul.

The article talks about the idea of a marriage contract with an expiration date as merely acknowledging the truth that many marriages just don't work. Dr. Virginia Rutter of Framingham University in Massachusetts believes in "eliminating the fantasy of marriage."

So it got me to thinking… Read more:


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