EDITORIAL: I Do -- But Not for Long
From the We Are Not Making This Up Department: Legislators in Mexico have proposed a law that would require all couples to sign a prenuptial agreement estimating how long the marriage is expected to last. Minimum term: Two years.
"I do . . . but just for awhile." Admittedly, it sounds like a terrible idea, but think of the possibilities. No more of that "till death do us part" routine, for example. That would eliminate all those kill-my-spouse-for-hire schemes we're always reading about.
No more messy divorce proceedings. When the marriage contracts expire, the partners just walk away, or renew their vows. Divorce lawyers could be retrained as "endurance counselors," helping couples stay together until their contracts run out.
Say adios, too, to that malarkey about "in sickness and in health." You've got what? Hasta la vista, baby, I'm outta here. Cruel, but now it would be legal.
Legislator Lizbeth Rosas, one of the bill's sponsors, sounded grimly serious in discussing the idea. She sees "renewable marriage" contracts as a solution for a societal problem, citing the 2009-2010 record of registries in Mexico City: 40 divorces for every 100 marriages.