Monday, 3 October 2011

Temporary Marriage

It has been reported in the press today that due to the high rate of divorce within two years of marriage in Mexico City, the city's assembly is proposing reforming divorce law so that couples marrying can decide the length of their marriage, subject to a minimum term of two years. 
The marriage contract could be renewed if the couple remain happy.  The contract will apparently include provisions on how children and financial settlements would be handled if the couple separate. The aim is to avoid the divorce process.
The idea of a fixed term marriage seems quite alien but the concept of a marriage contract appears in line with having a pre-nuptial agreement. Such agreements are designed to enable couples to decide at the outset of their marriage how they would wish to deal with money and children should they separate.
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