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Essay about divorce should be legalized in the philippines

Cayetano, who has been separated from her husband for eight years now and going through the rigorous process of annulment, said: Why will you say it never existed? For many years now, the issue of divorce would crop up, discussed in the media and in Congress briefly, and then vanishes from the public consciousness just as fast. Whether this phenomenon is good or bad is yet to be known.

HB 1799 seeks to give couples in irreparable marriages a legal remedy in addition to laws on legal separation and annulment.

  • It will not only benefit the people but it also makes everything legal;
  • Many men maintain mistresses mainly because of the availability of young women willing to cohabit without the benefit of marriage just to escape poverty;
  • Often, men turn to other women and bear illegitimate children, and then abandon their legal wives and children because of lack or laxity of laws that should have held them accountable;
  • It is not a coincidence that those pushing for the divorce bill in Congress are women.

The divorce bill was first introduced in the 11th Congress, about the same time the RH bill was filed, making them the most contentious, yet unresolved measures in the last 12 years.

Indeed, the country has been kept in the dark primarily because of the stubborn stand of the Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines against it.

The Church has remained blind to the realities of modern Philippine society, just as it has remained incognizant of the adverse effects of uncontrolled population growth to the Philippines and its people. Extreme poverty, lack of education, financial problems, prolonged separation in the case of couples where one or both are working abroad, and other social ills that were not prevalent until about a few decades ago, are putting many marriages in the Philippines under tremendous pressure.

The phenomenon of hundreds of thousands of Filipinos departing for work abroad annually, leaving behind their spouses and children, has resulted in broken families and wayward children. It is not uncommon for the spouse left behind to commit adultery, and their children to grow amidst this immoral environment and without the guidance of both parents.

The same goes for the spouse abroad, who meets another man or woman, married or unmarried, who shares his or her loneliness and cohabit, sometimes bearing illegitimate children. The adultery, as we all know, is not limited to spouses whose partner is abroad.

Even those who earn enough for both spouses to remain in the country are not immune from marital transgressions. Many men maintain mistresses mainly because of the availability of young women willing to cohabit without the benefit of marriage just to escape poverty. A big majority of our national leaders, including the lawmakers on whose hands fall the authority to pass such law, are men who want to enjoy the best of both worlds — keeping their family intact while enjoying the benefits of infidelity.

It is not a coincidence that those pushing for the divorce bill in Congress are women. It is also not a coincidence that all over the world, a big percentage of those filing for divorce are women.

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It is not difficult to understand that in most failed marriages, it is the women who suffer more — victims of domestic abuse and violence, and neglected or abandoned by philandering or alcoholic husbands. Many of these women suffer in silence in the Philippines. In millions of households, both men and women who are trapped in marital commitment constantly quarrel, often in front of their helpless children who grow up in a confused and violent environment.

Often, men turn to other women and bear illegitimate children, and then abandon their legal wives and children because of lack or laxity of laws that should have held them accountable. Many couples have irreparable differences that lead to almost daily verbal and physical abuse.

  1. And worse, it is the aggrieved party who must shoulder the exorbitant costs.
  2. Other couples decide not to legalize their separation simply because they cannot afford it. Divorce is not yet legalized in the Philippines.
  3. Even those who earn enough for both spouses to remain in the country are not immune from marital transgressions. People who are against divorce believe that it gives a wider path for immorality and marital infidelity.
  4. Con argument s and refutation of the counter-arguments s A.

Many couples have simply lost the love that brought them before the altar or before a marriage minister, and have found instead contempt and sadness. And yet, they are confined to their hopeless situation because of the lack of a divorce law.

Opponents of divorce say there are legal remedies for these people stuck in failed marriages.

There is legal separation, a decree rendered by a court allowing spouses to live separately but they remain married to each other. If the man lives or cohabits with another woman, he may be charged with concubinage and if the woman cohabits with another man, she can be charged with adultery.

Legal separation may be granted when there is marital infidelity, attempt on the life of the other spouse, homosexuality or lesbianism, repeated physical violence and abandonment without justifiable cause for more than one year.

The main difference between legal separation and the two other remedies is that the legally separated spouses cannot re-marry, while in the case of annulment and declaration to nullify marriage, they can re-marry. The proposed divorce law also allows them to re-marry, with added protection, such as child support, alimony and child custody. The unhappy spouse can file for annulment for various reasons, such as psychological incapacity, one of the parties was 18 years of age but below 21 and the consent of the parents were not obtained; the consent of one of the parties was obtained by fraud, force, or mistake in the identity of the other party, insanity, or impotence.

The unhappy spouse can also seek a declaration of nullity of marriage, which decrees that the marriage was void from the beginning void ab initio. The grounds for such nullification are minority age below 18lack of authority of solemnizing officer, lack of marriage license, bigamous or polygamous marriage, incestuous marriage, mistake in identity, and void by reason of public policy.

The problem with annulment of voidable marriage and declaration of nullity of marriage is that most of the grounds are difficult to prove and require a lot of money to prove before the court.

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And worse, it is the aggrieved party who must shoulder the exorbitant costs. Meanwhile, the average Maria has to continue to suffer psychologically and physically from her marriage to an abusive and irresponsible husband. The children likewise have to continue living in an environment where contempt and abuse have replaced love and respect. A society of confused, wayward and lawless individuals. While the Roman Catholic Church claims unfounded fears that the legalization of divorce would result in the increase in the number of broken homes and marriages, it should perhaps contemplate on the distinct possibility that the millions of broken homes and marriages could reflect on its inability to nurture the moral values of its flock.

If the members of the clergy had been more attentive to the moral and spiritual needs of their flock, perhaps there would be no need for divorces.