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A wedlease is a proposed type of marital contract in which two spouses agree to a marriage of limited duration for a set period of time with renewal options.

The concept and term were introduced by a 2013 opinion piece in The Washington Post.[1] It has since been discussed in numerous other publications.[2][3][4][5][6] In 2011, lawmakers of Mexico City proposed introducing marriage contracts that lasted two years in order to assess compatibility and cut divorce rates.[7]

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  1. ^ Paul Rampell (August 4, 2013). "A High Divorce Rate Means It's Time to Try 'Wedleases'". Opinion. The Washington Post. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
  2. ^ Memmott, Mark (August 13, 2013). "Would Some Marriages Be Better If Couples Signed 'Wedleases'?". The Two-Way. NPR. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
  3. ^ Cupp, Kyle (August 7, 2013). "The Wedlease: For Those of You Who See Your Relationship as a Rental Property". Ordinary Times. Retrieved April 14, 2016.
  4. ^ "Marriage Alternative 'Wedlease' Generating Buzz, Criticism". The Huffington Post. August 20, 2013. Retrieved April 14, 2016.
  5. ^ Desmond, Joan Frawley (August 13, 2013). "Marriage Redefined: 'Monogamish,' 'Throuple' and 'Wedlease'". Daily News. National Catholic Register. Retrieved April 14, 2016.
  6. ^ Pelley, Lauren (December 22, 2015). "Wedlock or a Wedlease? Experts Talk Short-term Marriage". Life. Toronto Star. Retrieved April 14, 2016.
  7. ^ "Mexico City Plans 'Renewable' Marriage". BBC News. September 29, 2011. Archived from the original on May 24, 2016. Retrieved May 24, 2016.