BRAZIL: Land of No Divorce

In most Western nations divorce is legal on grounds of adultery or desertion; various countries have also permitted divorce for sundry other reasons: attending the theater, conspiring against the government, gambling, apostasy, vagrancy, ill humor at the breakfast table. Brazil has always prohibited-divorce for any reason whatever. Its constitution makes a legal marriage an-indissoluble contract.

Last week, in the Congress at Rio, Deputy Nelson Carneiro argued for a bill which would punch a loophole in the constitution by providing annulments for incompatibility—under strict controls. The impossibility of legally ending a marriage, he...

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