MARRIAGES should last for only seven years before the couple decide to go their separate ways or sign up for an extension, a German MP has proposed.

The time limit would lead to fewer divorces, according to Gabriele Pauli, a candidate for the leadership of Bavaria's dominant conservative party CSU.

The 'seven-year hitch' plan drew sharp criticism from party colleagues in Pope Benedict XVI's home region.

German MP Gabriele Pauli said seven-year marriage contracts would slash divorce rates.

'My proposal is for marriages to run out after seven years,' Ms Pauli, a twice-divorced 50-year-old who leads the local administration in the town of Fuerth, said as she presented her leadership program in Munich.

'That means that, in future, people would in future enter marriages only on a time-limited basis, and would then actively say 'yes' to an extension.' 

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Do you think marriages should be limited to seven years, to reduce the divorce rate?
MARRIAGES should last for only seven years before the couple decide to go their separate ways or sign up for an extension, a German MP has proposed.

The time limit would lead to fewer divorces, according to Gabriele Pauli, a candidate for the leadership of Bavaria`s dominant conservative party CSU.

The `seven-year hitch` plan drew sharp criticism from party colleagues in Pope Benedict XVI`s home region.

German MP Gabriele Pauli said seven-year marriage contracts would slash divorce rates.

`My proposal is for marriages to run out after seven years,` Ms Pauli, a twice-divorced 50-year-old who leads the local administration in the town of Fuerth, said as she presented her leadership program in Munich.

`That means that, in future, people would in future enter marriages only on a time-limited basis, and would then actively say `yes` to an extension.`

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14 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Saturday 9/22/07 - 3:04:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, I dont like the idea of marriages seeming to be contracts you can extend when the expiration is up.
14 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Saturday 9/22/07 - 7:04:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
yeah i agree with ang. Its not the kind of thing you can put a time limit on.....although i think people should probably have to have marriage classes like you can have parenting classes!
14 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Saturday 9/22/07 - 7:31:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
No. That doesn't in any meaningful way solve the problem of a high divorce rate. I mean, sure, it would probably lower the divorce rate, but I don't think the actual legal divorce process is what most people are concerned about when they talk about the high rate of divorce. Families/couples would still be split apart, even if the divorce rate technically went down.
14 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Saturday 9/22/07 - 7:36:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, that doesn't solve the problem because in the end it has the same result as a divorce. Two people (or a family) are splitting up. What would it achieve?
14 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Saturday 9/22/07 - 7:49:08 PM EST (GMT-5)
No....who cares about rates? They're just statistics anyway - the end result is still the same.
14 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Saturday 9/22/07 - 7:53:27 PM EST (GMT-5)
^ Yeah, really. I agree with that.
14 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Tuesday 11/20/07 - 3:54:08 PM EST (GMT-5)
This isn't the first time I've heard about something like this.

I don't know where I stand, personally. I can see both sides of the situation.

I think what it boils down to is that we've become a "throw-away" society. We want to use something (in this case a spouse) and when we are done, just get rid of it.

On the other hand, as another member said, WHO CARES ABOUT DIVORCE RATES?! If the two people involved get divorced or if they stay married, whose business is it? This will just tie up the courts with more needless paperwork and the like.

14 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Tuesday 11/20/07 - 3:57:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, it just causes more problems for everyone.
14 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Saturday 12/15/07 - 7:41:57 PM EST (GMT-5)
I really don't see this idea doing anything besides skewing the statistics. If a marriage ends after 7 years, that's still a divorce because the people involved would be affected in the same way.
14 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Saturday 12/15/07 - 9:22:01 PM EST (GMT-5)
Well how about that, marriage with an expiry date. Sounds like a product already.
14 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 1/1/08 - 3:13:41 AM EST (GMT-5)
I really don't see that working.
14 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 1/1/08 - 7:31:14 AM EST (GMT-5)
What does it matter if they divorce in 1 year or 7 years? They're still going to get divorced, you're just making them miserable for 6 extra years.
14 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 1/6/08 - 9:48:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
It's still divorce, just not in a legal sense.
The problem with divorce rates isn't so much the legal aspect as much as it is the pain of seeing people who were (or thought they were) happy together completely leaving each other.
14 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 1/6/08 - 9:56:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
god, stupid politicians.
14 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 1/6/08 - 10:00:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
I believe Isaac Asimov or Arthur C. Clarke (I forget which) proposed this years ago. I think it's a great idea, in fact Muslims have being doing it for centuries with Nikah mut'ah (marriage for pleasure or fixed term marriage).
14 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 1/6/08 - 10:07:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
This is one of the dumbest ideas ever.
13 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 8/14/08 - 4:20:57 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Sunday 1/6/08 - 10:00:00 PM mightyrhinox wrote:
I believe Isaac Asimov or Arthur C. Clarke (I forget which) proposed this years ago. I think it's a great idea, in fact Muslims have being doing it for centuries with Nikah mut'ah (marriage for pleasure or fixed term marriage).

Yeah but Mut'ah's meant to be used as a replacement for dating, so that you can learn about the person before deciding to marry.
Although I do agree people abuse that right.
13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Saturday 9/13/08 - 8:08:22 AM EST (GMT-5)
no thats what the boyfriend girlfriend things for
13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Saturday 9/13/08 - 8:12:59 AM EST (GMT-5)
That's disgusting. Marriage is for life. "Until death do us part" anyone? I think people who enter a marriage with the anticipation of ending it in seven years are slimy to be totally honest.
13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Saturday 9/13/08 - 8:30:21 AM EST (GMT-5)
It just sounds like changing the name of a divorce. It's like in the business world: "We're not firing you, we're just not renewing your contract".
13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Saturday 9/13/08 - 8:53:41 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Saturday 9/22/07 - 7:49:08 PM anthropology wrote:
No....who cares about rates? They're just statistics anyway - the end result is still the same.


It does seem a little odd. Mostly when people talk about the problems of higher divorce rates, they talk about breaking up families and legal issues etc becoming more common. I don't think those will change with the introduction of temporary marriage contracts, at least not in regards to the family aspect.

The one way it might help though is that it would probably require a mandatory prenuptial agreement (which could be done anyway), which might cut down on legal arguments if the couple choose not to renew the contract. I'm sure people would still contest them though.
13 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Saturday 9/13/08 - 11:19:11 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Saturday 9/13/08 - 8:30:21 AM travbowman wrote:
It just sounds like changing the name of a divorce. It's like in the business world: "We're not firing you, we're just not renewing your contract".


I think Trav's right. This is just a way to give everyone the opportunity to divorce every 7 years...



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