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.