This is a declaration of our partnership and is a test model for an
alternative (actually a superset) to marriage. Marriage is often an
old-fashioned and vague institution and is not implemented with a variety
of terms and durations. Marriage can be something attained gradually, and
its role in raising children can be addressed by a much more explicit
childraising contract adapted from this one. The aim here is to make
explicit the goals and expectations of partnership in a way that is
concise and readable, but complete enough that adaptation, amendment, and
termination can be accomplished by us without the help of lawyers /
'Partnership' - the relationship some of whose terms this
agreement aims to make explicit. 'Term' - the duration of this
This agreement lasts until September 3rd, 19xx. The Term is meant to be
kept long enough that renewal is not a matter of course and short enough
that a committed focus on making the best of the Term can persist for its
Third-party romantic engagements will be discussed by us in advance.
Joint-expense events are to be agreed on in advance, or
split individually. No non-consumables will be bought as joint property.
We can list each other as emergency contacts; however, next-of-kin
decisions will still be passed on to our respective parents.
Statements of personal and partnership-related goals for the Term
should accompany this agreement when signed.
After periods of 1, 3, and 6 months, we will go for a walk to discuss
what we have learned from each other,
evaluation, and possible amendment, of our personal goals,
constructive criticism of the partnership, and
any amendments to this agreement.
Amendment and Termination
Amendments, labelled as such and dated, can be appended to any section of
this agreement whenever mutually agreed on by us and resigned below.
This contract can be ended at any time by mutual agreement.