Mexico City’s progressive legislature is looking to bring down the local divorce rate with a radical proposition: setting a time limit on marriages. Instead of making a life commitment to one another, you can sign on for as little as two years, or as long a time as you like. You’ll have the option to renew your vows, of course.
Half of all marriages end in divorce, and most are over within two years. Shortening the term of a marriage contract gives unhappy spouses a way out while (hopefully) making less paperwork for the courts. But is this really a good idea?
Conservatives don’t think so, of course. The Catholic church is speaking out against it, as are social conservatives in the legislature.
Naturally the proposal has plenty of critics. “Families campaigner” Consuelo Mendoza says it would contribute to a “throwaway culture,” and put children through the trauma of wondering if their parents would remain married. Apparently Maddox Jolie-Pitt’s alleged obsession with his parents’ marital status has started a trend among pre-schoolers. The Catholic Church also weighed in, with Hugo Valdemar of the Mexican archdiocese saying, “This reform is absurd. It contradicts the nature of marriage.”
It’s kind of an awesome idea though. I’ve often wished I could have committed to a time limit on my marriage. Not because I want out, mind you, but because a lifetime is a really long time. Being asked to stop and recommit to the next phase of things once in awhile seems like kind of a good idea.
What do you think? Would you sign on for a short-term marriage? Or is it not even a marriage if it doesn’t last forever.