Officials in Mexico City are considering a new way to address the city's high divorce rates: by making marriages temporary.When you muck with the culture, there are always consequences. Always. Sometimes they're good and sometimes they're bad, but the consequences are always there. Look what no-fault divorce and the celebration of single-motherhood did for our culture. Woo hoo.
Couples would be allowed to decide on the length of their marriage (minimum license: two years), and the contracts would contain prenup-like legalese about financial support, how marital assets would be divided, and who gets custody of the kids. At the end of the contract, happy (or semi-happy) couples could opt to renew for another two years, while those who are tired of being together could simply walk away without a legal hassle.
"The proposal is, when the two-year period is up, if the relationship is not stable or harmonious, the contract simply ends," Leonel Luna of the Party of the Democratic Revolution, who co-authored the bill, told Reuters. "You wouldn't have to go through the tortuous process of divorce."
Saturday, October 01, 2011
Back in the mid-1990's there was a short-lived (one season) science fiction drama on NBC called Earth 2. One of the cultural points I remember from that show was that marriages were 5-year contracts instead of "till death or divorce do us part". It seems that Mexico City is looking to the future: