Action Alert!
Catholic World News

Mexican lawmakers propose term limits for marriages

October 03, 2011

Lawmakers in Mexico City have proposed requiring prenuptial agreements, which could include an estimate of how long the bridge and groom expect their marriage to last.

The proposed agreements—which would allow for marriages of a term as short as 2 years—drew immediate fire from Catholic Church leaders. Msgr. Hugo Vlademar, the spokesman for the Mexico City archdiocese, said that proposal was “absurd,” and “denigrates the concept of family.”

The proposal has been advertised as a way to cut back the costs of contested divorces.


Sound Off! supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 2 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: joecober6835 - Oct. 04, 2011 11:45 AM ET USA

    There will always be a Catholic marriage. Maybe such marriage will not be recognized by the State.The State could give some advantage to those who marry in city-hall.Catholic wedded persons would have great difficulties.Again a reason to pray for God's help.

  • Posted by: voxfem - Oct. 03, 2011 6:41 PM ET USA

    Setting aside that marriage is "til death does you part", how is self-set time limits at all helpful? What happens when a couple hits the guessed-at time limit? Renegotiate? Remarry? Why not sign the divorce papers at the wedding? That should make it cheaper. Of course, another way of cutting back the contested divorce cost is to disallow divorce-figure the odds of that happening.