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I do – for now: Will short-term marriages become a trend?

| Aug 11, 2016 | Property Division |

If you are planning to file for divorce in Georgia, you may be feeling emotional and financial strain as you make your way through the process of ending your marriage. According to Time Magazine, a recent survey indicated that a change may be coming in the legal processes of marriage and divorce, at least if the young adults who participated have their say.

While thoughts on the way marriage should be structured varied among the respondents, 69 percent of those in the millennial age group indicated that they do want to marry, despite their generation’s reputation for lack of commitment. However, you may have seen statistics that rank the United States’ divorce rates among the highest in the Western world. Many may feel that taking steps to improve a relationship’s chances, such as delaying marriage, may not be enough.

According to some experts, the desire to see changes in the institution may be fueled by the desire to have successful – but not necessarily enduring – relationships. Instead of seeing divorce as failure of the relationship, many believe you should see it as a positive resolution. In fact, nearly 40 percent of survey respondents between the ages of 18 and 49 indicated that they believe marriages should come with time limits.

Suggestions for new marital guidelines range from two-year stints to 30-year contracts, with options to renew if things are working out well. However, until things change, you and others in Georgia who are seeking to find relief from unhappy marriages may have to brave the legal requirements as they stand. This information is for educational purposes only, and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

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