Monday, October 2, 2023

Mental health | Psychiatric examination before marriage?: This is proposed by Congress to prevent family violence | PERU

Alliance for Progress (APP), at the initiative of Congresswoman María Acuña, has presented a bill that proposes to include the couple’s psychiatric examination as a prerequisite for the civil marriage.

The legislative initiative aims to amend Article 248 of the Civil Code and “improve the conditions for civil marriages and thus contribute to the consolidation of the family in society”.

In this sense, a psychiatric examination of the couple is proposed and the result should be mutual knowledge. So that the couple can make a “transparent” decision.

About the project

  • The certificate of the psychiatric assessment and the admission certificate from both spouses must be enclosed, in which each spouse certifies that they are aware of the psychiatric assessment of the other spouse.
  • The psychiatric evaluation would be added to the couple’s oral and written declaration, residence certificate, medical certificate and the presence of witnesses as prerequisites for marriage.
  • The certificates of psychiatric evaluation of both spouses may be issued no earlier than thirty days and must be communicated to them fifteen days before the date of the marriage.


It was argued that the family as the core of society due to family violence reached 20,854 reported cases in 2021, 55% more than the previous year.

Faced with this situation, he comes to the conclusion that the family must be built on a healthy basis, not only physically, as has always been the case, but also spiritually, which would be achieved through the psychiatric examination, “which would enable the formation of a new one “Society would enable society with more balance and respect.”

Finally, this proposal promotes “the absolute transparency of knowledge and information for citizens so that they can make the best decisions consciously.”

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