Forget till death do you part, how about just giving it a few years and then going from there?
That's pretty much what Mexico City lawmakers are proposing. They want to help newlyweds avoid the hassle of a divorce by giving them an easy exit strategy: a temporary wedding license.
The leftists want to introduce two-year marriages that would allow couples to either renew their agreement or easily walk away if things aren't working out.
Reuters reports that the new bill would change the civil code to allow couples to decide how long they want their commitment to be, with the shortest term being two years.
Leonel Luna, the assemblyman who co-authored the bill, explains, "The proposal is, when the two-year period is up, if the relationship is not stable or harmonious, the contract simply ends." He added, "You wouldn't have to go through the tortuous process of divorce."
Lizbeth Rosas Montero, the bill's other author, told the BBC that they came up with the radical idea as a way to reduce the divorce rate. Marriage contracts would lay out what the couple plans to do about healthcare, educating children, finances, and who would care for children after a breakup. Half of all marriages in Mexico City end in divorce, usually within the first two years. Mendoza believes simplifying divorce would put less of a burden on the court system.
The Catholic church, already angry with Mexico City's decision to legalize gay marriage in 2009, called the proposal "absurd".
A vote is expected on the legislation by the end of the year.
What do you think about "temporary marriage licenses"? Should marriage last forever?
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Ricks Loft writes on Facebook: That's funny. Sounds like it could be for 15 year olds. ie: drivers license.
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Online Dish: 'Till Two Years Does Us Part': Mexico Proposes Temporary Marriages
Mexico City lawmakers are proposing temporary marriage licenses, with a minimum of two years, to help newlyweds avoid messy divorces.
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