Graduating from Marriage is culturally the opposite of men and women in their sixties marrying for the thirteenth time or, worse, men in their fifties hitching with minor girls.
When you Graduate out of marriage, you have fulfilled the purposes of that institutional framework which allows two people to join up and live together. Then, both gradually evolve out of it, while still living under the same roof but in separate dwelling spaces, as two single individuals.
The couple would still have common time in their long established routine, habitual short durations for tea, meals and interested talks. But that would be exceptional to their otherwise independent, self actuating lives.
Graduating from marriage leaves the togetherness intact unlike as it happens after divorce, which precipitates on account of dissatisfaction. One necessarily graduates out of marriage with shades of satisfaction, an alround sense of happiness and peace. And it takes preparation over years to thus graduate; again, unlike divorce.
In Sanatan Dharma, the Vedic Hindu way of life, graduating from marriage was part of the third stage of life called Vanaprastha.
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