Instead of divorce, short-term marriage

Leftist politicians in Mexico have proposed that the country issue a new kind of marriage licence - one valid for two years.

"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 from the Party of the Democratic Revolution who co-authored the bill.

The marriage contracts would include detailed provisions on how children and property would be divided up if the marriage ended at the two-year mark, Reuters reports.

Conservative groups have reacted with dismay.

"At first I thought it was a hoax," said Consuelo Mendoza, of the national union of parents. "These initiatives create a culture of disposability within important societal issues."

The Catholic Church also criticised the plan.

"This reform is absurd. It contradicts the nature of marriage," said Hugo Valdemar, spokesman for the Mexican archdiocese.


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