When a marriage goes bad, couples get a lawyer to dissolve the marriage and split the assets. Try a lawsuit first.
File this one under things that may not become a trend any time soon. Why not try to save a marriage with a lawsuit?
This idea came to me after reading about the Seattle SuperSonics basketball team. They wanted to leave Seattle. Seattle city officials didn’t want that to happen, so filed suit to keep the Sonics in Seattle.
How does this work? The SuperSonics signed a lease, a legal agreement, to play all their home games in Seattle. They tried to get out of the lease so they could leave town for greener pastures. The marriage has soured, so to speak, but, with appropriate arbitration and incentives, may continue for many years.
Could we apply the same methodology to a marriage?
Let’s assume that one partner in the coupling is unhappy with the arrangements. Too many hours at work. Too many bills to pay. Too many children. Not enough of this or that. You know, those things in a marriage that were expected, implied, perhaps agreed upon prior to the marriage but no longer are given due consideration by one party or the other.
Instead of grabbing an attorney and looking for a way out of the marriage, couples could enlist the services of a marriage lawyer– one who sues the offending spouse as an effort to get them to comply with their original marriage vows; legal or implied. Even verbal agreements carry weight in a court of law.
If your husband said he would love you forever and he’s been lacking in the love department, sue his pants off (so to speak).
If your wife said she would love, honor, and obey and she’s been remiss recently, sue her back into submission.
Marriages are seldom saved or prolonged by divorce lawyers, but a marriage lawyer might extend the pre-nuptial bliss for a few years.