I recently came across an article that told about how Mexico now has marriage contracts that last just two years. Their reasoning is that more than half of new marriages are ending in divorce, most before they even get to two years. Although my opinion will probably be extremely unpopular, I don't necessarily think these contracts are a bad idea. Let me explain.
Throughout those first months I found out some very interesting things about this man I had married. I found out more about his background, his interests, and his future plans. Interestingly, this sounded much different than the fairy tale he had sold me on. I came from a family who didn't divorce, though, so I hung on as long as I could. I finally couldn't take it any longer and asked for a divorce. He granted me one happily, not even bothering to show up in front of the judge for the final divorce proceedings. He was already off living his new life.
The point I'm trying to make is that people don't take marriage seriously anymore. My ex-husband wanted to be married, but he didn't want the same things I did. Why, then, didn't we just break off our relationship so he could move on and I could find what I wanted? I'm not really sure why that didn't happen. I'm seeing this more and more, though. Either people don't want to be honest, or they don't want to explore their own feelings. They don't understand that words DO have meaning. The other party in a relationship actually believes in the hopes and the dreams he or she has described and shared.
It is for this reason I am actually in favor of the two-year marriages contracts. Give couples a chance to see if they have what it takes to keep their commitments. We are growing into a world where people don't mean what they say and say what they mean. If the relationship is still working out at the end of the contract, renew for a longer time. My only worry is the children. My hope is that these "starter marriages" would not produce children. Then again, that's a whole different issue since so many children are being born without two parents to raise them now.