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Hearing impaired couple’s marriage dissolved in Tabasco, Mexico

Woman interpreting American Sign Language

The Tabasco Judiciary issued the first sentence to dissolve the marriage of two deaf people and determines alimony for their children who are also hearing impaired. The ruling was communicated to the former spouses in Mexican sign language.

Based on article 1 of the Political Constitution of Mexico, whose reform was published in the Official Gazette of the Federation (DOF) on June 10, 2011, which incorporates all the human rights of international treaties as constitutional rights, and establishes the obligation of the authorities to be guided by the pro persona principle, the first family court of the municipality of Centro issued a judgment in a divorce trial of two people with hearing disabilities.

Through a statement, it is detailed that with the support of a Mexican sign language interpreter, Judge Lorena Denis Trinidad announced the decision to the now former spouses, who married under the separation of property regime.

The sentence determined not only the dissolution of the marriage bond, but also the custody of their children, nourishment, and a subsequent parents’ meeting was agreed to determine the coexistence of the minors with their father, who must affiliate them to the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS)

During the development of the trial, those involved were assisted by an interpreter, said the judge, who issued the final sentence in traditional format, but also drafted a sentence in easy-to-read format, with simple language and no more than two sheets, which the Mexican sign language interpreter translated for deaf people.

Denis Trinidad mentioned that the principles of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities clearly refer to how those living with a disability should be treated: with dignity, without discrimination; they must have an inclusive and effective participation, there must be respect for difference so that they have equal opportunities and this includes universal accessibility.

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