Marriage for Life? Or Just in 7 year Increments?

21 09 2007

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If being married for life is too burdensome a commitment for you, how about just for 7 years with the option to renew? Well, apparently that’s what a German lawmaker has proposed. The AFP reports:

A conservative German politician on Wednesday proposed making marriage contracts expire after seven years, with the option to renew for those not feeling the proverbial itch.

“I propose that marriages lapse after seven years,” Gabriele Pauli told reporters in Munich, the capital of the largely Catholic southern state of Bavaria.

“This would mean that one will only commit for a fixed period and will actively have to renew your vows if you still want to continue.”

Pauli, 50, has been divorced twice.

The proposal is part of her manifesto as she prepares to contest the leadership of Bavaria’s governing party, the ultra-conservative Christian Social Union (CSU), next week.

Considering that a 2001 Census Bureau report says “First marriages that end in divorce
last about 8 years, on average
” this might be the solution to the high yet declining divorce rate in the U.S.

Interestingly enough, some are reportedly avoiding marriage altogther and simply opting to co-habitate instead.

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