September 30, 2011
Mexico City politicians want to help newlyweds avoid the hassle of divorce by giving them an easy exit strategy: temporary marriage licences.
Leftwing politicians in the city’s assembly – who have already legalised gay marriage – proposed a reform to the civil code this week that would allow couples to decide on the length of their commitment, opting out of a lifetime.
The minimum marriage contract would be for two years and could be renewed if the couple stays happy. The contracts would include provisions on how children and property would be handled if the couple splits.
“The proposal is, when the two-year period is up, if the relationship is not stable or harmonious, the contract simply ends,” said Leonel Luna, the Mexico City assembly member who co-authored the bill.