A proposal by Mexico City lawmakers, designed to tackle rising divorce rates and the legal hassle of ending unhappy unions, would give couples the option of entering into marriage contracts for as little as two years.
“If the relationship is not stable or harmonious, the contract simply ends,” said Leonel Luna, a member of the Democratic Revolution Party who co-authored the bill in the Mexican Assembly.
The language of the bill, although difficult to read in parts when translated from Spanish to English, clearly intends to act as a tool for couples to work out what would normally be considered pre-nuptial decisions related to property and children.
“This exercise will be, by agreement of the spouses and which may not last less than two years, time to see if your marriage (can) work and if not is the will of the parties to renew or dissolve the marriage bond,” the proposal states.
Supporters stress the option would be just that, an option. Couples would not be mandated to exercise the provision and could choose to stay married for as long as they want and even commit to the traditional “’till death do we part.”
Critics argue the proposal by the leftist Mexico city members is further redefining marriage and destroys its traditional roots and meaning.
Roughly half of marriages in Mexico’s capitol end in divorce.
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