Saturday, October 8, 2011
Should Marriages Have a 2-Yr Renewal Option?
The words "Till death do us part" are frightening for some, and have even led to people checking themselves (or their mate) out of the marriage rather than enduring a costly divorce. Some say that forever is a bit too long in a world where many marriages end in divorce, and a legislator in Mexico says he has a solution.
Leonel Luna from the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution in Mexico City says that couples should have an easier option than the high cost of divorce. Luna says that couples should have a 2-year option to leave the marriage if they feel that it's not working out. If the couple decides to renew, they would have another two years to make another decision.
"Almost 50% of couples in Mexico City end up in divorce," Luna says. "What we're trying to do is acknowledging reality and creating a mechanism that will allow couples to end their marriage without going through the additional pain and suffering of a legal battle."
The stats in both Mexico and America give some validity to Luna's point. Out of 33,000 couples who got married in Mexico City over the last two years, 16,000 have filed for divorce. The cost of the splits has averaged $3,500 per couple. The couples only spend $1,000 to $1,500 in legal fees, while the Mexican government take in the rest of the cost.
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Posted by Staff at 9:59 AM