Sunday, May 09, 2004

Family Law

Recently, I had the opportunity to talk to one of my close friends about family issues, specifically how people that marry into a family tend to do things to destroy the unity shared by the family. Pretty amazing stuff, we're from two totally different cultures, but yet we experience the same things in our own family.

Well, today I've decided that the best way to deal with these outsiders that want to break the peace and tranquility of a family is to establish a legal system governed by the family. Firstly, the institution of marriage needs to be modified to become a bit more legal. In essence, the bride and groom should sign contracts established by both families that outline the general guidelines of the family structure, norms and values of the family, and so on. Failure to uphold any part of the contract on either party's side will result in an immediate nullification of the marriage.

However, the legal system does not need to be excessively rigid and still respects the ideology of "love". Therefore, if one party does something to void the marriage contract, depending on the nature of the infraction the family may decide not to uphold the terms of the contract. Additionally, if the person does something totally offensive to the family, but the bride/groom is not willing to part with the individual, then they will be allowed to maintain an "illegal" marriage; however, because the marriage is illegal by family law, a restraining order will be issued against both parties, effectively exiling them from the family unit [except for certain occassions agreed upon by the family, if they so choose].

Secondly, before a couple gets married, they must go through a period of "trial marriage" which may last from several months to several years. During the trial marriage period, the couple will live together as husband and wife and practically share all responsibilities as if they were officially married. After the trial marriage period is up and both families are satisfied that the individual meets their requirements, the couple will immediately be promoted to an official state of marriage.

Finally, it is important to note that there are people in this world that are inherently evil. Most people have a balance between good and evil, but there are just some people that tend to have more evil than others. Well, it is oftentimes difficult to screen out evil people during the trial phase, because if they are patient enough, they will wait until the marriage has been ratified. Therefore, in the marriage contract, there should be an "Evil People Nullification Clause", whereby if it is determined that a person is evil and there is sufficient evidence brought against them that proves this fact, then the marriage contract will officially become null and void.

The legal system outlined here is by no means perfect. However, it represents a way in which the unity of the family structure can be preserved by having all family members actively participating in the marriage. It is intended to be flexible while at the same time being able to screen out the so-called "evil people" that will attempt to destroy the family unity.


{arf, arf}

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