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Would you sign a ‘wedlease’?

More than half of marriages end in divorce. Is it time for couples to stop promising forever and sign a shorter-term marriage contract, also known as a "wedlease"? Nia-Malika Henderson talks with the attorney behind this idea, Paul Rampell. The real-life "Hitch," David Wygant, and relationship consultant Erika Ettin also weigh in. (The Washington Post)

Would the option to commit to your significant other for a few years instead of ’til death be a desirable one for many couples?

Florida attorney Paul Rampell joined Nia-Malika Henderson, host of PostTV’s “On Background,” to talk about his theory that it’s time to alter the legal structure of marriage and cut down on divorce rates by allowing for “wedleases.” He explained the concept in a recent column in The Washington Post:

Here’s how a marital lease could work: Two people commit themselves to marriage for a period of years — one year, five years, 10 years, whatever term suits them. The marital lease could be renewed at the end of the term however many times a couple likes. It could end up lasting a lifetime if the relationship is good and worth continuing. But if the relationship is bad, the couple could go their separate ways at the end of the term. The messiness of divorce is avoided and the end can be as simple as vacating a rental unit.

Other than the tidy ending Rampell envisions as bride and groom go their separate ways, it’s hard for me to see how these contractual unions create stable lives for the semi-spouses involved.

Followers of “On Background” weighed in on whether the wedlease option is a viable one (see their responses here), and we wanted to put it to the She the People audience as well. Tell us in the comments or tweet the “On Background” team using #Postback with your thoughts.

Natalie Jennings is a Web producer for PostTV.



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