January 12, 2004

Complicating Marriage

I was coming back from a client today and listened to the radio. WLS had a 'best of' Roe and Gary, my favorite pair of drive time idiot savants. They were going on about gay marriage and a caller was talking about her 'domestic partnership' arrangement. Apparently, she maintained, you can get a California domestic partnership recognized as a marriage in Illinois for divorce purposes. Women would be fools to be married without first checking which of the various state laws on domestic partnerships might give them a better contract.

Venue shopping for marriages has always been around but it was the realm of the highly eccentric or stinking rich with their batteries of lawyers. This was some relatively normal upper middle class... what? Not wife, she wasn't married, but not quite just sleeping around either.

I don't think that people have really grasped how complicated this brave new world of marriage will be if adopted. Is it really such a bright idea?

Posted by TMLutas at January 12, 2004 11:03 PM