New Idea in Mexico: 2-Year Marriages

Mexico City officials propose temporary marriage licenses
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 29, 2011 6:53 PM CDT
Gisse Martinez, center, shops with her fiance Juan Pablo Pardo at a shop for wedding dresses in Mexico City.   (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

(Newser) – Til death do us part ... except in Mexico City. Citing the fact that most of the marriages that fail there typically end in the first two years, lawmakers have proposed creating temporary marriages licenses. The update to the civil code would let couples get a marriage contract as short as two years in length. If they experience 24 months of wedded bliss, they can renew it. If not, the contract would state how children and possessions should be divvied up, reports Reuters.

"The proposal is, when the two-year period is up, if the relationship is not stable or harmonious, the contract simply ends," says the co-author of the bill, which is being promoted by leftists. He expects to see a vote on the proposal by year's end. Reuters notes that Mexico City is more liberal than the rest of the country.

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