Marriage is a life-long committment. Marriage is forever. Marriage is not to be taken lightly. Basically, it’s a pretty big deal. That is unless, you get married in Mexico City after they pass this new legislation for short-term marriages. The law would allow couples to separate after two years if things aren’t working out. The thought behind this law is that it would cut down on divorce rates (in a predominantly Catholic country). But is this just divorce by another name?
The concept of temporary marriage shocks most people. It de-values marriage. The sanctity of marriage goes down the drain with just the thought of legislation like this. If you go into the situation knowing that you get an easy out in 24 months, you may be less likely to try to put forth any real effort to have a successful marriage. This is virtually fast food, microwave marriage. I picture a couple pulling up to a drive thru window saying “I’d like the two year marriage with joint custody please!”
Short-term marriage just makes it too easy for people to hop in and out of marriage. Yes, we’re already doing that, but tailoring legislation to the growing trend of taking marriage lightly will only make the problem worse. It makes it okay for couples to get married before determining if they’re really ready because worst case scenario they’re out in two years anyway! It could also lead to men getting married before they’re ready because they know the marriage license has an egg timer on it. Some men may even marry women who don’t want to become physical before marriage with this new clause, knowing they can “hit it and quit it”.
But on the other hand, some people would really benefit from a short-term marriage. This would save a lot of people the mounds of time and money it takes to get a divorce. Divorces also usually end with bitter mudslinging and anger, while this short-term marriage was part of the deal from jump, and could make things easier on the couple since the dividing of property and custody of children is already established. This short-term marriage is kind of a combination of an annulment, a pre-nup, and a divorce. But it takes away the negativity. This could be good for the Elizabeth Taylors of the world who love love and believe in marriage (as many times as it takes)!
****What do you think? How would you feel about a short-term marriage law in America?
Here’s what you said on Twitter:
jeffhalliday @tcarr_examiner: Short-term marriages to “address rising divorce rates” among Catholics? #nothingissacred
Jadore_Marina @tcarr_examiner: Def crazy. Tho it would be convenient for some folks.
MsAlliDobson @tcarr_examiner: Are u kidding? The legalization would only justify all B-spears-esque marriages that take place south of the border #nobueno