With the rise of marriges that end in divorce and the cost of having a divorce do you think a marriage should be a contract for x amount of years that can be renewed or be left to expire if the couple so chooses.
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That's basically the concept behind handfasting. A marriage for a year and a day, that you can just keep renewing every year. Or you can specify that it lasts 'until the love is gone', or 'until the end of our lives', or 'the end of eternity'. It's fairly flexible.
It's a more realistic approach in one sense, as it lets people have a deep, meaningful commitment, with a nice ceremony and stuff, with the understanding that sometimes people drift apart, and that's ok. And if they don't, then awesome, let's do it again.
Not for everyone, obviously, but could be very useful for younger couples, especially for those that marry before their prefrontal cortex has finished development (which doesn't happen until the late 20s), as personalities will still fluctuate and you aren't marrying the person that they will be 10 years later.1