Mexico City lawmakers consider drastic change to divorce marriage laws

The process of divorce in the U.S. affects many citizens each day and can lead to unhappiness and discontent due to complications that arise in the painful proceedings. While Americans struggle with this issue, Mexico City has brought legislation forward that may change the nature of marriage in the country, Reuters reported.

A group of lawmakers in the Mexican capital want to help newlyweds avoid the hassle of divorce by providing an easy exit strategy for their citizens. They have proposed temporary marriage licences that would last for two years and can be renewed if the couple is happy, according to the news source.

“The proposal is, when the two-year period is up, if the relationship is not stable or harmonious, the contract simply ends,” Leonel Luna, the Mexico City assemblyman who co-authored the bill, told Reuters. “You wouldn’t have to go through the tortuous process of divorce.”

According to CNN, the legislation was put forth by Luna due to the fact that more than 50 percent of the marriages in Mexico end in divorce, and it would help the two individuals reach a fair settlement over who receives what in the separation.