It’s also really more of a “What happens if you decide to end your marriage” book, and state law requires both parties getting married to read it before they’re allowed to get a marriage license. Again, I stress that this is a document that you are legally mandated to read, even though its poor choice of fonts and crappy clipart make it look more like a memo about proper use of the communal fridge at your office. Here’s a snippet:
Anitra and I had to read this poorly-designed, somewhat depressing document this morning, as we got our marriage license today, a month out from the big day. As we were paying the fee, two guys walked up to the booth beside us. They’ve been together for 22 years — that’s over four times the length of my previous marriage — and only now do they they have the legal right to get hitched. They raised their eyebrows at having to read this cheesy little book, and I said “It’s not too long. A bit of a bummer, but not long.” Later, when we got our license and made out way to the exit, they congratulated us and we congratulated them back.