Comment: I see some merit to a legal contract.

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I see some merit to a legal contract.

And in order to enforce that contract some sort of government would be needed. For example, inheritances. If you hire a lawyer to write out a specific contract giving your estate to your favorite human upon your demise, then you are still relying on the "authorities" to make sure that it happens.

Not everyone can hire a lawyer, so there are basic standards that are followed by the state for those who marry.