I sometimes feel that Marriage contracts should be for ten years, with a "rollover" option to mutually agree to renew it for five more years, every five years.
I bet many couples would be nicer to each other, were that the case and the rollover period was looming!
... and if not, divorce would be a lot easier and less beneficial to lawyers!
Having never been married, and having only contemplated it a few times, it seems a bit to me like this is just a formalisation of the way huge sections of the population treat it anyway.
This way would as you say save a lot of legal fees, and keep some people out of the lazy headspace of "Have aquired a partner now, that's finished, on to focus on something else"
On the other hand, one of the lovely things about marriage or any real commitment is that it's not just when it's fun, it's for those times when you go through a patch of hating your partners behaviour or are going through difficult circumstances.
When I got married, I did not expected to last more than 10 years, my heart has a short attention span and a very active revolving compass. She was a very jealous person. So it lasted officialy 19 years. That was 18 years ago. Never missed her. Never missed anyone. Is how I am. "Women are a poem to be written, a song to be sung, dedicated before midnight, forgotten by dawn"..... hey that is the beginning of a song right there!!!!! Dibs! Gotta Go!
A 2 year contract (temporary marriage license) was proposed in Mexico but didn't pass. The church criticized the proposed change. Surprise, surprise. The Church holds considerable sway there.
"Mexico City lawmakers want to help newlyweds avoid the hassle of divorce by giving them an easy exit strategy: temporary marriage licenses.
Leftists in the city’s assembly — who have already riled conservatives by legalizing gay marriage — proposed a reform to the civil code this week that would allow couples to decide on the length of their commitment, opting out of a lifetime.
The minimum marriage contract would be for two years and could be renewed if the couple stays happy. The contracts would include provisions on how children and property would be handled if the couple splits.
“The proposal is, when the two-year period is up, if the relationship is not stable or harmonious, the contract simply ends,” said Leonel Luna, the Mexico City assemblyman who co-authored the bill."