The Wedlease: the sensible alternative to formal marriage?

This concept comes up very regularly in any sci-fi book in which technology has greatly extended human lifespans. I dig the term "wedlease," props on that one.

Mr Crinkle wrote:

This concept comes up very regularly in any sci-fi book in which technology has greatly extended human lifespans. I dig the term "wedlease," props on that one.

The city of Basilica in the Homecoming series by OSC had something like it in one year intervals.

Demosthenes wrote:
Mr Crinkle wrote:

This concept comes up very regularly in any sci-fi book in which technology has greatly extended human lifespans. I dig the term "wedlease," props on that one.

The city of Basilica in the Homecoming series by OSC had something like it in one year intervals.

Gays burn in hell but short term marriages are A-OK!

Seth wrote:
Demosthenes wrote:
Mr Crinkle wrote:

This concept comes up very regularly in any sci-fi book in which technology has greatly extended human lifespans. I dig the term "wedlease," props on that one.

The city of Basilica in the Homecoming series by OSC had something like it in one year intervals.

Gays burn in hell but short term marriages are A-OK!

I used to like that series as an adolescent, but looking back on it, there is just sooooo much wrong with it.

It's an interesting concept and Im wondering if having to "renew" your marriage lease might force people to spend more time focusing on their relationships instead of taking their partner for granted or putting everything else (kids, work, etc) first. It's way too easy to get burned out or complacent when your vows are for life.

At the very least, I'd like to see the entire ridiculous wedding industry toned down and rather put a bigger emphasis on celebrating long term milestones. To me it makes more sense to buy a giant ring or have a blow out party on your 10th or 20tn anniversary than on the first wedding.

TBH the legal dissolution of marriage is the least messy and difficult part of a divorce. Provided the split is relatively amicable it's just a little paperwork. The bad bit is the division of property, custody of children, and the emotional fallout of a broken down relationship. Changing the terms of the marriage contract doesn't make that any easier at all. The reason you have divorce lawyers is to handle all that other crap.

Not sure if wedleases would solve that problem. It's more of a perspective issue. It makes 0 sense to me as a parent and as a husband to put my kids above my own well being and that of my marriage. It's like an EMT neglecting their own safety protocols to "get the job done." It sounds like a good idea, but 9 times out of 10, it's just vain heroics.

Children are very dependent and helpless creatures. If their parents die, they're in trouble. If their parents do not fare well, I often note that they are not faring well, themselves. The soundest advice my parents gave me about parenting was not to neglect myself and not to neglect my partner.

I see this as entirely separate from marriage longevity. It's just sound parenting.

I would really hate to think what it would do to immigration law. It is bad enough trying to get a spouse-Visa if you are married.