Why Don't Marriage Licenses Have Expiration Dates?Submitted by chris cudnoski on Sat, 06/15/2013 - 00:28
My friend Tammy was telling me the latest chapter in the custody battles she and her boyfriend have both gone through. After a few minutes of her droning my brain slipped into a deep delta wave state and this fell out of my mouth:
"Why don't marriage licenses have expiration dates?"
Seems logical enough - every other type of license expires after a period. The government isn't going to butt out of marriage anytime soon and this would provide another revenue source through the arbitrary renewal fees they could charge every, say, five years.
It would also make divorce easier and cheaper, allowing the individuals to keep and spend their money instead of putting it in the pockets of lawyers who are more likely to, let's say, protect these funds from the tax man...
The option of a church wedding would still be available of course, in its non-expiring form.
What say you?