Temporary Marriage Licenses: How Do You Feel?

Because they’re happening! Maybe!

According to MSNBC: Mexico City lawmakers want to help newlyweds avoid the hassle of divorce by giving them an easy exit strategy: temporary marriage licenses.

Leftists in the city’s assembly — who have already riled conservatives by legalizing 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.

I think I had a rather quaint notion that marriage was until death did you part, not until… you didn’t feel like it anymore? I kind of thought that the “forever” aspect went along with the virtues that you cultivated in a marriage, like learning to be compassionte and tolerant with someone even when they were going through difficult periods. But I suppose you can save on the wedding gifts by giving paper plates instead of china.

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    • Christa

      I know it’s not the same, but this reminds me of the temporary marriages under Shi’a Islam…interesting ideas anyhow.

    • Jordan

      If people aren’t ready for marriage, they should just enter a civil union, rather than cause themselves and the courts trouble later.

      It seems like people these days just don’t want to try to make things work out, or don’t think hard enough before they marry someone. My wife and I have been through ups and downs, but we settle everything like adults. We’ve never actually had a fight, just disagreements. Every time we do, we step back, sit down, and talk it out. Tens years and still going strong!