What’s the latest controversial wedding trend? A temporary two-year marriage, which lets a newlywed couple split up after two years if their marriage isn’t working out, without having to go through a painful – and expensive - divorce.
The controversial new law is working its way through the Mexico City Assembly. It’s basically a 2-year contract that can be renewed if a couple decides they’re happy, and wants to stay together, kind of like renewing their vows. Otherwise, the contract would simply end, and they’d no longer be legally married. It’s also a kind of prenuptial agreement. Because the couple has to decide up front how any assets and children will be handled if they split up.
So, why is the Mexico City government considering approving temporary 2-year marriages? Because about half of the marriages in the city end in divorce, most within the first two years. And legislators say the move is simply a reflection of reality. It’s also a huge money-saver for newlyweds who realize they made a mistake, because getting a divorce costs about $3500. This in a country where the average income is about $6000 a year.
But the Catholic Church is up in arms, insisting that the proposed law contradicts the nature of marriage. And that the government should be working to help keep couples together – instead of making it easier to split apart.
Still, cities around the world are taking notice. Which means, similar laws could start popping up elsewhere. So, what do you think? Are temporary marriages a good idea? Weigh in on Facebook.com/John Tesh.