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Friday September 30, 2011

‘Til Death Do You Part? - Mexico City Considering “Temporary Marriage License

‘Til Death Do You Part? - Mexico City Considering “Temporary Marriage License

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Though traditional wedding vows read, “’Til death due us part,” legislation being proposed in Mexico City may have some couples saying, “”Til we break up in a couple years.”

Some Mexico City lawmakers are pushing for temporary marriage licenses for couples who what to get married, but are worried about the arduous divorce process should the marriage not work out.

The statute would allows for these marriage licenses to be for a minimum marriage length of 2 years, and would allow the couple to renew the license should they remain happy.

In the event that the relationship does not work out, the provisions in the marriage “contract” would have the division of assets and the custody of children already laid out.

The bill’s co-author, Leonol Luna, a Mexico City assemblyman, told Reuters , “The proposal is, when the two-year period is up, if the relationship is not stable or harmonious, the contract simply ends.” Adding, “You wouldn’t have to go through the tortuous process of divorce.”

The legislation is coming from leftist lawmakers in a city where half of all marriages end in divorce, many of them in the first two years.

Though Mexico as country tends to be more conservative, Mexico City has veered away from tradition, allowing same-sex marriage and now considering these “temporary marriage licenses.”

However, some, including the Mexican archdiocese, are not so eager to welcome this type of license.

A spokesman for the archdiocese stated, “The reform is absurd. It contradicts the nature of marriage. It’s another one of these electoral theatrics the assembly tends to do that are irresponsible and immoral.”

A vote on the proposal is expected to be had later this year.

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