The Wedlease: the sensible alternative to formal marriage?
Don Lemon's comments on marriage were weighing on my mind when I happened read this post over on NPR.org.
"People marry and divorce as if getting married is the equivalent of the high school concept of going steady," says Florida lawyer Paul Rampell.
Which is why, as Rampell said Tuesday on Tell Me More, he's pitching the idea of "wedleases."
"A combination of the words wedlock and lease. Two people commit themselves to a marriage, to a written contract for a period of years. One year. Five years. Ten years. Whatever term suits them.
"The marital lease can renewed at the end of the term, however many times the couple likes. It could end up lasting a life time if the relationship is good and worth continuing. But if the relationship is bad the couple can go their separate ways at the end of the term they've chosen. The messiness of divorce is avoided and at the end, it can be as simple as moving out of a rental apartment."