April 17, 2014

Regarding the April 13 Outlook commentary “Conservatives want very conscious uncoupling”:

Conservative groups working to keep married couples together have things backward: It isn’t divorce that should be made more difficult, but getting married.

Considering that it is the single most important partnership into which most people enter, getting married in the United States is surprisingly easy. Stroll into city hall and pay your license fee, and a short time later you can be legally tied to another person for life (theoretically, at least). Getting married is often cheaper, faster and easier than adopting a pet from an animal shelter.

I have one suggestion: Prospective marriage partners should be required to exchange up-to-date financial statements. How many folks have been surprised to find out about a new spouse’s maxed-out credit cards?

Dan O’Day, Alexandria

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