Posted by: Through the Eyes of Women | November 28, 2016

11-28-16 “Before I Do,” host Emma Breacain speaks with attorney and author Elizabeth Schwartz about the mysteries and surprises of marriage.

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Schwartz with wife Lydia Martin

It is said that some of us grow up dreaming of our wedding day. This society does not encourage us to think much beyond that first day of marriage, to the (hopefully!) decades that follow. In this world, marriage is the prize bestowed upon the winners of a reality television show where strangers marry a few weeks after they meet. Brides are encouraged to try on dozens of dresses at multiple stores, and to put as much care into a choosing the cake. But how many of us dream since childhood of shared bank accounts and tax returns and wills? About prenuptial agreements? About inlaws and step families? About holding our partner’s hand as they die in the ICU?

Elizabeth Schwartz is not calling for less attention to the perfect caterer and wedding band, but she is definitely calling for more consideration for our financial, legal, physical and emotional well being in her book “Before I Do: A Legal Guide to Marriage, Gay and Otherwise.”

In this episode, Schwartz illuminates the possible pitfalls and surprises of the institution, recommends knowledge as power, and discusses her own marriage.

To listen to and/or download this segment click the following link: elizabeth-schwartz-and-emma-brecain-11-28-16

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