I begin Part I of this Article by positing several logically necessary, but insufficient, conditions that precede a state's decision to promulgate a law more aggressively than usual. I then show that each of these conditions was met with regard to the economic terms of the marriage contract in virtually all states by 1975. In Part II, I explore what Louisiana's unusually aggressive promulgation of certain terms of the marriage contract reveals about the legal system's conception of the marital relationship as of 1975. In Part III, I discuss what is added to that conception of the modern marital relationship by the fact that nearly 15 years later none of the remaining states has yet followed Louisiana's lead.
Lynn A. Baker,
Promulgating the Marriage Contract,
U. Mich. J. L. Reform
Available at: https://repository.law.umich.edu/mjlr/vol23/iss2/2