Do You Agree to “Love, Honor and Cherish Each Other For As Long as You Both Shall Live?”

By Andrea K. Clark

This is one of the most common phrases said at weddings today. Basically it is asking the bride and groom to commit themselves wholeheartedly to each other in front of God and their guests for the rest of their lives. Most of us didn’t think twice about our marriage vows, after all, if we didn’t want to spend the rest of our lives with our spouse we wouldn’t have married him/her, right?

Well, believe it or not, the idea of “Temporary Marriages” is being tossed around in Mexico City, which will do away with the ‘Till Death Do Us Part” bit found in traditional marriages. Instead of committing for the long haul, if this legislation passes, couples could actually “try out” marriage for a specific amount of time (two years to start). So, what happens if you don’t like your spouse after two years? Nothing – the “contract” has expired and you’re both free to go on with your lives without another thought.

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The reason the officials in Mexico City are proposing this radical idea of marriage is because they believe the divorce rate is too high. It’s true that more than 50% of marriages end in divorce, but the problem for the city officials is that these divorces are costing the courts a lot of money. Why the two year trial period? Most of the divorces happening happen within the first two years of marriage.

So, now that you’ve got the facts surrounding the “Temporary Marriage” idea being considered in Mexico City, what are your thoughts on the matter? This is just speculation, but if the legislation passes and more temporary marriage occur, it’s reasonable to believe that the average cost of weddings will also go down. After all, who wants to spend all that money on a trial marriage?

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