Originally Posted by zonar
That piece of paper carries so much headache and risk, it's just not worth it. It is a false sense of security.
When you get married you give your spouse a lien on your assets and in fact on your self, in that you can be compelled to work to support her, not just lose assets to her. This liability can be called at any time, and often will be called at the absolute worst time for you. When you have lost a job or suffered a business setback for example.
Many people on this board have very successful long term marriages, but even they are subject to what I think of as the Iron Law of US Marriage.
Romantic love has a mesmerizing effect, at least on men. For our own well being we should get high school courses to try to proof us against it, and then some type of Continuing Education requirement to keep our man-licenses up to date.