You see, marriage is a contract — a legally binding one, at that.
Photo: Getty Images By Gwen Hutchings One look at Pinterest will confirm it: our culture is obsessed with marriage.We have reality TV shows for every aspect of the process: dating, planning, dress-buying, and the wedding itself; we have an entire genre of books dedicated to teaching single people how to finally snag a spouse; we have songs written and sung by teenagers fantasizing about their white dresses and future weddings.Buying a car when you’re dating versus buying a car when you’re married: When you’re dating, you figure out your budget, do your research, and go buy any car you damn well please.You announce this purchase to your significant other by rolling up to their place in your new vehicle and saying, “Hey, check out my new car!If your spouse starts making colossally bad decisions, like ill-advised loans or tax fraud or crashing cars like Hot Wheels, you’re likely to get pulled into the fray. People change, and sometimes they don’t change in the same directions. However, if you never combine your finances or your households in the eyes of the law, exiting your relationship requires nothing but some introspection, conversations, tears, and a few cases of wine.4.
And I don’t know about you, but I don’t like a fray anywhere but on the hem of my worn-out comfy jeans.3. If you’re married, exiting your relationship requires, at the very least, legal processes and filing fees and mandatory waiting periods, sometimes of up to one year. Every decision doesn’t require an in-depth discussion.