I have a buddy that is in the military and mentioned to me that he is considering getting married to his girlfriend because it would give him $250 per month extra as part of his housing allowance. His girlfriend in turn would get free healthcare and military benefits as per the privileges of being a military dependent.
Which got me to thinking–why not just have a paper wedding of my own to some random military girl? She would get an extra $250 per month and in return I would get free healthcare and military benefits. I pay $75 per month for healthcare currently, and I’m not looking forward to getting my own gym membership when my brother’s reservist ID expires. Hell, I’ll even get movies for a dollar cheaper.
If I were to do this, I’d go into it with a pre-nup that states that either party can dissolve the marriage at any time for any (or no) reason. My wife and I would not share any financial assets and I would not be liable for any debt she incurred. Basically, we would be married in name only, with no other link to each other and able to be free at any time.
So, the question is–is this right to do? I can only think of two potential qualms:
It devalues the “sanctity of marriage” and would cheapen it for the future.
I would be cheating the government and playing the system, which is wrong.
My own responses to these issues are as follows: (1) I do not care much for the sanctity of marriage and frankly think it is an outmoded and irrelevant social institution. (2) Considering I don’t respect marriage as an institution that much, I don’t feel bad about using the system. Hopefully the government gets wise and takes away said benefits.
So my questions to you out there are (a) do you think that what I am doing is wrong and why, (b) am I doing anything illegal or that will bite my ass in the future), and © if you are a woman, would you marry me for the extra cash?