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There's a funny wedding tradition where the married couple eats the top layer of their wedding cake one year later. (How great to finally have the extra space in your freezer, right?) For about half of all newlyweds, the marriage won't last that long.

In general, the state of marriage and divorce is a disaster, and there's certainly a good case to be made against getting married. From ridiculous discrimination to preventing those in love from tying the knot purportedly for moral purposes, marriage is just another way the government interferes in private relationships and undermines commitments.

Here's a radical idea: term limits for marriage. Mexico City is thinking about an upgrade to marriage (or downgrade, depending on your perspective) - legislators want to allow people to define the length of their marriage, with a minimum of a two-year commitment. Wedding Officiants are going to have to change the "'til death do you part" language with "insert date here."

Especially fascinating about this proposal is that the new marriage contract would include how property and child custody would be acted upon if the marriage isn't renewed. That would probably make the superheroes at Fathers-4-Justice leap tall buildings in a single bound.

Why don't you think marriages are lasting so long? What do you think about this proposed law? Is it bad that marriages don't make it until death do them part anymore?

Mexico City lawmakers want to help newlyweds avoid the hassle of divorce by giving them an easy exit strategy: temporary marriage licenses.

Leftists in the city's assembly -- who have already riled conservatives by legalizing gay marriage -- proposed a reform to the civil code this week that would allow couples to decide on the length of their commitment, opting out of a lifetime.

The minimum marriage contract would be for two years and could be renewed if the couple stays happy. The contracts would include provisions on how children and property would be handled if the couple splits.

"The proposal is, when the two-year period is up, if the relationship is not stable or harmonious, the contract simply ends," said Leonel Luna, the Mexico City assemblyman who co-authored the bill.

"You wouldn't have to go through the tortuous process of divorce," said Luna, from the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution, which has the most seats in the 66-member chamber.

'Til 2013 do us part? Mexico mulls 2-year marriage


Original posting by Braincrave Second Life staff on Nov 9, 2011 at http://www.braincrave.com/viewblog.php?id=668

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