Marriage is essentially a contract, right? Well soon, those who want to wed in Mexico City will have the option of a “renewable” one. According to BBC, plans to alter the city’s civil code could give newlyweds a minimum of two years before deciding whether to cement their union or separate. The website reports that the contract, which would be optional, aims to reduce the workload on family judges, as well as the number of divorces in the city. Currently, it is reported that half of all marriages in Mexico City end in divorce.
Lizbeth Rosas Montero, who is behind the bill, said the reform would favor “healthier, harmonious relationships, guarantee the support of children, and speed up the administrative process in case of a breakup.” Rosas Montero said two years is the minimum time that would allow someone to get to know their partner. “If you renew, it would mean that there’s an understanding with your partner,” she said, “that the relationship rules are clear and that both spouses have legal certainty of their rights and obligations.” If a couple decides to break up before the two years of the term is over, then they can divorce traditionally, she said. Terms that determine healthcare provision, how much money is needed to support the family, and how children will be looked after are all set out in advance of the contract.
Not everyone is in agreement with the proposed bill, such as conservative group Unión Nacional de Padres de Familia. The group’s director, Consuelo Mendoza, told BBC that she thought it was a bad joke at first. She opined that this kind of initiative “creates a disposable culture” with regards to very important subjects in society.
“Imagine the emotional impact it would have on a child,” Mendoza said. “The anxiety of thinking each year whether mom and dad will renew the contract.”
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