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Readers’ comments: The marriage minefield

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In response to Bruce Newsome: ‘No fault’ divorce is another blow against men,

PierrePendre wrote:

Constantly making divorce easier will eventually make marriage pointless altogether. Anecdotally, it seems that many young people who do marry already expect to finish up with someone other than the person they started out with. If that’s the case, why bother getting married at all? Increasingly they don’t.

Just as women have different expectations of the sexual relationships they have with men, including husbands, they have different expectations of marriage. They expect men to work harder at keeping the marriage dynamic and focused on their wives and when they don’t, women move on.

No fault divorce will not change society’s current biases in favour of women, especially as far as children and financial responsibility for them are concerned. But it will alter attitudes to getting married in the first place as long as young women agree to co-habitation.

My prediction is that increasing co-habitation and declining marriage rates will lead eventually lead to further ‘reforms’ to give legal rights over their partners to female co-habitees, whether there are children or not.

Happy Hacker wrote:

It is not just marriage, they are going after non-married relationships, too, for alimony and property theft. Lawyers, I suppose, will benefit. But how can anyone define a non-married relationship? If it has lasted 20 years and produced children – easily. But if it lasts a few months, is on-off, includes children from other relationships . . . what a minefield. And how unnecessary. Just promote marriage and traditional families.

John Birch wrote:

I think the old joke about ‘Cut out the middleman, just find a woman you hate, give her your house and half your income for the next 20 years’ could become government policy soon.

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