Bridal Vows Revisited

A new generation of newlyweds and almost-weds plays by a different set of rules. For the parents of adult children, understanding these new unions may help bring peace of mind

Forever began for Kelly and Mike of Baton Rouge, La., a year ago, when they wed in a covenant marriage. But for New Yorkers Adam and Cindy (not their real names), forever won't come for 18 years after their wedding day last month--if then. That's the point at which their legally binding prenuptial agreement self-destructs.

These are just two modern variations on the old-fashioned notion of partners for life. They may be hard for the parents of the two couples and others of their generation to understand. When early boomers and those who came before them marched down the aisle,...

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