In a recent ruling in Scottish courts a precedent has been set by which a cohabiting couple can seek compensation from the break down of the relationship, which has hit the news because it essentially sets a precedent for the kind of civil law post-split legal revenge we see in marriage.
An article linked for convenience.
I admit I feel quite strongly about this. As a bit of a hopeless romantic deep down I have always wanted to meet a girl that is 'just right' one day that restores my faith in the institution of marriage and get hitched and grow old together etc etc.
Sadly that is not how life works, divorce is these days a very common and even to be expected out-come of 'until death do us part' which is regrettable enough. But I also recognise another trend, a trend which I'm sure a large percentage of young men also recognise and thus lends weight to their avoidance of wedding bells aside from the cop-out excuse often bandied by some women that is 'a fear of commitment'.
Marriage is simply a raw shitty deal for men.
No two ways about it, in the western world, at least in many countries, a divorce is essentially a meal ticket for the women and in some cases an ongoing, even life long financial servitude to his ex spouse.
Considering social norms and realities of late I've always felt marriage/divorce law needs severe reform.
Regardless, this now concerns a 'moving of the goalposts'. In the article the woman sued for compensation following a split from her ex partner of 7 years she chose to move in with. The reason for the split? He refused to marry her apparently.
Not only did I find the ruling poor (it essentially opens the door for giving cohabitant/unmarried couples the same legal recourse as married, regardless of the judge's statement contrary) but it seems like needless meddling in personal affairs.
This not only moves the goalposts but is now I feel putting even more erosional pressure upon stable relationships as men will now chose to not live together with a partner (until successful compensation claims by sour ex's on the grounds of refusal to live together come along) not out of any real 'lack of commitment' but to avoid any potentially costly and damaging break-ups.
What about you Relic dolts? What's your opinions on this, good thing, bad?
I feel pretty strongly about this but it's always worth consulting you fine denizens of the warp, see what I've missed, considerations unconsidered.