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Laissez Faire Marriage

Susan5018 Wrote: Apr 27, 2013 7:27 AM
(sorry, system wouldn't let me put this in prior post) Probate has been successfully handled without state marriage licenses for centuries. In terms of divvying up the remains, if folks want the state to handled their estate planning, instead of writing a will, then they get what they deserve.
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Laissez Faire Marriage

Susan5018 Wrote: Apr 27, 2013 7:24 AM
I think the practical difficulties would not be as hard as you imagine. Divorce (property and child support obligations) can be handled without regard to marital status. (Right now, child support status is independent of whether parents were ever actually married, anyway, while property can be divided with greater or lesser efficacy, depending on state law.) "Spousal support" (a/k/a alimony) becomes an issue, but there are states that recognize "common law marriage" that also grant spousal support, and this could be adopted, since "alimony" generally requires longer term marriage anyway. Note that much of the taxing issue goes away with the adoption of a system such as the FairTax, where marital status is irrelevant.
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She Knows How to Do

Susan5018 Wrote: Aug 31, 2012 10:07 AM
Oh-so-wise cynics always fail to recognize that truths are truths, even if they are believed to be "common" or "hackneyed". Honestly, since so many marriages fail to surmount a fraction of the challenges that Ann Romney faced in her marriage, it's hard to call the truth that marriage is hard work and dedication and commitment, and can be joyful and fulfilling "common". Cynic: A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
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