The Law: Demise of the Quickie Divorce

Few things in Mexico ran as smoothly as the Ciudad Juárez quickie divorce mill. The Juárez court severed 43,000 American marriages a year. Allowed to stand in much of the U.S., the divorces required the fleeting appearance of only one spouse, while the other merely agreed in writing. Juárez was so renowned that it attracted charter flights made up entirely of divorce seekers who flew in wed and flew out unwed all in less than a day.

Last week the mill ground to a halt, probably for good. The old easygoing law was quietly...

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