As I’m buried under work, I wasn’t going to post anything today, but I just saw this headline on Yahoo and thought it might make for an interesting weekend discussion:
Glamorous politician wants law to allow 7-year itch
For those who aren’t familiar with the term (or the classic film–you know, the one in which Marilyn Monroe stands over the subway grate and gets her white halter dress blown back up at her?), this refers to the belief that the inclination to be unfaithful increases after seven years of marriage.
Generally it’s come to mean that a lot of couples come to a crossroads at that seven year mark, and indeed, this follows through even when one considers other life changes, such as moving to a new country. I’ve read that it takes an expat about seven years to really feel at home in a new country–or decide to leave forever–so there seems to be something to that particular number of years.
Anyway, Gabriele Pauli, Bavaria’s most glamorous politician according to the article above, wants to make marriage a true social contract in Germany–one with a seven year expiration. At that point, she proposes, couples would have the option to extend the marriage or otherwise it would dissolve automatically under the law.
(Too bad there still wouldn’t be any money-back guarantees! Hah!)
Obviously such a proposal wouldn’t change religious rites regarding marriage so couples would continue to be married in that respect after the seven years passed; such a law would only affect a couple’s civil status.
There would surely have to be more details ironed out, such as how would it work if one party wants to renew and the other doesn’t? Would prenuptial agreements then become required/heavily encouraged–if there will be a split after seven years, surely there should be some sort of provisions for assets and most importantly, future/current children?
What other factors would need to be considered?
Do you think this would make leaving a marriage easier if one could just hold out those seven years? Or wouldn’t it make any difference in the “divorce” rate at all?
Would you be in favor of such a proposal?
Make some arguments you believe in or just play Devil’s Advocate–I only ask that you keep it all respectful.
Come on! I’ll be reading.
[tags]seven year itch, legislation, marriage, divorce[/tags]