Why would anyone get married when 50% of the marriages end in divorce, and the other 50% end in death?
Reminds me of a co-worker in mega-corp. He had 2 kids with the live in GF and vowed to NEVER marry her. She dies from some freak disease and leaves a 7 figure life insurance settlement to the 2 kids. Now a single father ... struggling to work full time while raising the kids ... he NEEDS the ins $$ for the benefit of the kids.
Went to court to get the funds released. Judge said "no, it's not yours. It's released when to the kids when they turn 18. But if you were married ....". Last I heard the 3 of them were sharing 2 br apt.