Privatize marriage industry in Canada
January 13, 2012 · By Charles Anthony
Clearly, it is time to get government out of the marriage registration and recognition business. This latest debacle of two lesbians who want to divorce raising a stink is hilarious! Here we have them wanting a divorce but the government is telling them they are not married. You would think they would shrug their shoulders and take it as a win. “Yay! We do not have to bother paying for a divorce!” It saves them a hell of a lot of trouble but no, they are raising a stink about it. How ridiculous. I want to draw attention to a brilliant summation of the real problem:
What the anti-Harper yahoos forget is there good reasons for the residency requirements since a divorce involves dividing assets and the jurisdiction matters. If you remove the residency requirements then one spouse could file for divorce in the jurisdiction that maximizes their financial advantage at the expense of their ex-partner. The most fair way to resolve this is to use the jurisdiction where the couple resides at the time of divorce.
There may be some good that comes out of this absurd media stunt. People may realize that marriage recognition should not be a one-size-fits-all rule. There should be variation in marriage contracts. The government should not be monopolizing this industry. People want variety!
I have touched on this before:
Credit bureaus, better business bureaus and safety standards are business models to emulate. Just like your credit rating can be recorded, reported, amended and researched, your marital status can be registered in the same manner without the need for government. It does not even have to be very complicated. Private formal marriage registries can be as simple as a copyright office.
If governments do not abandon their control of marriage law,
then I will expect prenuptial agreements to become more common.
In 25 years from now, Facebook will corner the private marriage contract market.