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Mexico City Considers Marriage Licenses That Expire after Two Years

Divorces can be messy, so legislators in Mexico City are considering a way to prevent them. They want to allow couples to set expiration dates on their marriages. If a couple decides not to renew, their marriage simply dissolves after as little as two years:

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 assemblyman who co-authored the bill.

"You wouldn't have to go through the tortuous process of divorce," said Luna, from the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution, which has the most seats in the 66-member chamber.


Link -via Dave Barry | Photo by Flickr user habi used under Creative Commons license

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This is the same idea from a show in the 90's called "Earth 2". Two of the characters were married, but their standard 4 year marriage contract expired when they were in stasis for 22 years.

I think someone in Mexico is watching too much TV. :P
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I spoke, campaigned about this particular subject on Facebook, at work and around friends for years. few agreed and many called me names, but today I got friends and believers in Mexican. Thank you Mexico
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Actually, living together turns into common law, which can turn into just as much hassle as a divorce - possibly even more so.

A fixed period of time for a marriage or common law arrangement would have the force of a prenuptial arrangement: no strings.

Living together before marriage is like a try before you buy, but still turns into common law without any sort of legal protection for the parties.
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