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I was watching Real Housewives of Orange County the other night and Gretchen brought up something i have been thinking for a long time.  She said that she believes a couple should “lease” a marriage as opposed to getting a “license“.  While she’s close, she’s not expressing exactly what i was thinking.

I’ve decided that, in this throw-away age we live in, it might be a good idea to review the benefits of renewable marriage licenses...say, every 7 years.  I think it would cause people to really look at their relationships at least every 7 years.  As the impending renewal date draws near, we would examine our lives and decide if we were willing to give it another 7 years instead of allowing the years to go by without paying much attention, thereby creating that ever-so-damaging thing to become part of our marriage...complacency!  Part of the renewal is optional counseling session(s), financial advisement, re-examination of assets and other legal issues such as wills.

I have to renew my driver’s license every 9 years, my cosmetology license every 2 years, my shop owner’s license ever 2 years.  If i fished or hunted, i’d have to get a new license every year. 

Another benefit of marriage licenses being renewed would be the generation of money for the state and the degeneration of money in the pockets of shady divorce lawyers!  Regardless the cost of renewing your marriage license, it could never match the cost of a nasty divorce!

I realize this concept goes against the basic beliefs of many, but is it really that outrageous when you consider all the angles? Because, when you think about it, marriage IS a sort of business arrangement, itsn’t it?  It’s not ALL emotional.  

What’s your opinion?

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