What are, and what should be, the legal responsibilities of marriage? In this country, more than two million couples marry each year, deeply in love and full of optimism about the future. Despite sobering statistics that suggest that more than half of the marriages entered into in any year will end in divorce, most people who marry believe that their own marriages will defy the odds and last for a lifetime. In the typical wedding ceremony, the happy couple publicly vows to love and honor one another, remaining steadfast, "for better or for worse," "for richer or for poorer," "in sickness and in health," "'til death do us part.", These words, uttered so often, and by so many, are so familiar that most of us can recite them from memory.
Perry, Twila L.
"The "Essentials of Marriage": Reconsidering the Duty of Support and Services,"
Yale Journal of Law & Feminism: Vol. 15
, Article 2.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.law.yale.edu/yjlf/vol15/iss1/2