So forgive me if this has already been hashed out a million times. I think it’s worthy of a discussion though. Maybe it’ll just peter out and dissipate for lack of controversy and inherent simplicity though.
I had an idea - I always thought that marriages should be automatic once you get pregnant, and automatically lasted until the kid was 18, and then automatically dissolved. Stay-at-home moms who never learn a profitable skill will become much less common I’d wager…but I foresee societal roles shifting to fill in the gaps. No need to complain about gay marriages…because there’s no unintentional kids in those. If they adopt, then they get married automatically too. Same time frame.
Problem solved! Families are held together for the benefit of the children (except in extreme circumstances like abuse or whatever) and people aren’t forced to live with their baby-daddy forever. Plus, if you want to stay with one person and remain childless, well that’s your prerogative…but their shouldn’t be any legal repurcussions for not sticking around. Keep finances separate and all that. “Partners” of rich people, who may not need to work for themselves while in the relationship will be motivated to maintain a safety net for the eventual downfall of the relationship.
So what’s your take? Is my plan full of holes? Would it be worse or better than the current state of affairs?