That’s the idea behind a University of Ottawa student’s law thesis.
Allow people to sign a one-year marriage (or any fixed-term) contract. In other words, allow people to kick the tires or do a test drive before committing to the til death do us part version.
Veronique Laliberte has raised eyebrows with her unusual thesis for her master’s degree in law.. And she’s living it.
She’s started out on a three-month contract with her partner. They’re currently been together for a year.
“At first, it was this idea that I had with my professor when he told me that I shouldn’t get married because marriage isn’t forever because of couples divorcing,” said Laliberte.
She’s even proposing changes to the law to allow couple to enter into a marriage contract, the same way you would sign a cellphone contract. When the end of the contract approaches, the couple can decide to renew their vows or divorce according to the terms outlined in the contract.
“What’s interesting about it is that the conversation has captured the attention of many,” said Nora Spinks, CEO of the Vanier Institute of the Family.
“People are beginning to think and rethink what we mean by marriage, commitment, family and what all that means in a modern context going forward.”
“But I know some people love the idea of the big wedding and everything but this, I guess might be getting to be old fashioned in a way.”
“This isn’t an entirely new concept,” added Spinks.
“The whole question of the institution of marriage has been a topic of conversation for as long as we’ve had the institute of marriage.”
As unromantic as Laliberte’s idea may sound, marriage was never originally about love, compatibility or romance, said Spinks.
“If you go back to the history of marriage, it was really about property and parentage. It was about how to manage physical property and how you determine who was the father of whom … It became a vehicle for that process.”
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