Thursday, February 23, 2006

Relationships IX -- Two interesting questions about ending relationships

Steven Landsburg ponders two interesting questions about ending relationships:

Why men pay to stay married (and women pay to get divorced).

Is divorce just a break down in negotiations?

A naive question: The contract piece seems to focus almost exclusively on the issue of consent with regard to getting a divorce. Are there premarital contracts in which people agree that they must behave in certain ways (where not behaving in these ways would be grounds for divorce)? Obviously, any contract with regard to individual behavior in a marriage will be incomplete but it seems to me that such a contract might be useful.
You can probably write such contracts, although I am not sure how enforceable they are.

For an extremely distubing example of one sick-o's detailed attempt at a marital contract -- check this out:
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