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Kenyan marriage the French way?

04 November 2014, 16:36 Shakial Alivitsa

Nairobi - Marriage, even traditional ones used to be about who gained what, what family was best to unite with, and who could provide for his family best.

Those who did not meet the above conditions need not apply.

But these days people are working under new rules and the fact that you can easily change your mind a few months’ even weeks down the road has made people less cautious. So when you hear a friend of yours is tying the knot, you realize you have been in the relationship for a number of months/years and do not think there are better prospects so you jump into it.  

Do not do it just to satisfy a predisposed social expectation because I am sure if you were asked to jump off Mt.Kenya as a requirement then a lot more people would be less disposed to it. But is it really necessary, because if it is not then why rush into it for future headache.

Why live the life of solitude when you are supposedly married; a lot can still be accomplished as an unmarried individual. Most partners are not even aware of what is going on with their significant other’s life; they run in different social circles. It is good to have independence and freedom but why pay for a hundreds of thousands or million shillings wedding and go back to live in a rented house.

The French can always be admired for their ingenuity; they gave us love and now they will also show us how best it should be regulated. They have the Pacte Civil de Solidarité (PACS). PACS, is not a marriage certificate but it is more binding and demanding. It is a contractual form of civil union that offers less legal rights and responsibilities than marriage, it is not something you enter into when you feel you are unsure on whether you can spend the rest of your life with someone.  

Because you are not considered as an individual but as a pacse, a part of the other person.

Your mother, aunties, even sisters coming at you expecting you to do something just because your clock is ticking should give you pause ask yourself if it is something you really want and ready for. At the end of the day there is more to marriage other than love. It is demanding and frustrating because most of the time, 9 out of 1 times things rarely will go your way.

Would you consider a PACS?

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