Seven-year itch

The Observer - - Comment & Analysis -

The prob­lem with mar­riage and civil part­ner­ships is that it is a life­time con­tract (“There’s love, you’ll say, but is there any real point in get­ting mar­ried these days?”, Com­ment, last week). Given changes in life ex­pectancy, moral val­ues, cul­tural ex­pec­ta­tions and the like, mar­riage should be a re­new­able con­tract of, say, seven years. Then cou­ples who have grown to­gether can stay to­gether, while those who have grown apart can go their sep­a­rate ways without blame or guilt. Phil Cerny York

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