Who says that no political innovations come out of Mexico? Mexico City has been a hot-bed of progressive policies over the last few years as a group of liberal city council members made the city the first in South America to legalize gay marriage and loosen up abortion laws.
Now they’ve gone a step further in order to combat the incredibly high divorce rate in Mexico City Temporary Marriages. Under a new proposal, couples would be able to set the length of their marriage at 2 years and once that time was up, you can either ‘renew’ your marriage or let it dissolve with no muss and no fuss.
Stipulations would be written into the contract to care for children and combined property but most of the process would be as simple as not coming home after 2 years if you weren’t enjoying the marriage anymore.
Personally, I find this a fascinating idea, and imagine how much cheaper dating will be once you know you can lock it down in a two year deal without all that pointless courtship? Imagine how much more convenient it will be for old folks who think they’re set in their ways to have a nice temporary marriage and never have to get dual banking accounts? Of course this will NEVER come to the United States, the moral majority would have a conniption and divorce lawyers would lose tons of money so you’d have a furious lobbying effort to shoot it down. But you have to consider, if two year marriage contract gets people to at least ‘test’ out a marriage it can’t be all that bad right? Beats Vegas.
This article originally appeared at Politic365.com.