Chatter on Changes to Divorce in the Philippines



The social media in The Philippines have been awash over the last few months with talk and chatter about the changes to divorce in the Philippines. Many Facebook pages supporting changes to the Philippines constitution have helped push this subject to the front of the newspapers and even the more conservative newspapers have been obliged to report a definite change in the public on divorce.

Online petitions have been a big thing too.


End the cast system and allow divorce in the Philippines as all other countries do. Annulment is way too costly for the average person and takes way too long. Allow for divorce on the grounds of irreconcilable differences, unfaithfulness, abandonment, abuse, failure to consumate, and the like. Please be sure to share




  • TMNetherlands, Meppel

Sep 27, 2015

Individual rights are only limited in North Korea, China and… Philippines. That’s a shame. Any individual has the basic right to fill in his/her private life. Any law or church who limits that private freedom is criminal

Sep 26, 2015

allow divorce now!

Sep 25, 2015

i want to pursue divorce here in the philippines

Sep 22, 2015

lets all unite and make a difference.allow divorce in our country.

Sep 21, 2015

Please let us live freely as equals with those who are happily married, celibates, single-blessed.

Sep 21, 2015

i want divorce to able to have a happy life

Sep 18, 2015

I really do want divorce to have freedom

  • katPhilippines, Diliman

Sep 17, 2015


  • David United States, Rancho Palos Verdes

Sep 17, 2015

She hasn’t seen the drunk that beat her for TWENTY-FIVE years! Shouldn’t her government allow her a new start.

  • chaPhilippines, Manila

Sep 16, 2015

divorce now

Sep 16, 2015

Please pass the divorce Philippines now!

Sep 16, 2015

divorce is a sign of progress

  • judie sHong Kong, Central District

Sep 16, 2015

Yes to divorce ….

  • Anonymous

Sep 15, 2015

Please allow divorce law in the philippines. I’ve suffered such trauma and still I’m attach to my ex because were still legally married.. Its been 6yrs since we separated.. Make it affordable..


Aside from the Vatican, the Philippines is the only country which does not provide a procedure for divorce.  Furthermore, it is difficult for Filipinos to obtain divorces abroad and often these are not recognized by the Philippines.  The only way a citizen of the Philippines can end their marriage is by annulment, which is an onerous, expensive and time-consuming process that is not even guaranteed to be successful.

This effectively leaves most of the poor and overseas worker population of the Philippines unable to move on with their lives from a marriage that is often abusive, adulterous and contracted by deceit–such as polygamous marriages–under threat from one’s family or that of the spouse’s and/or when the couple is very young and naive.

The exception is for the Muslim population of the Philippines, who are in fact able to obtain divorces; and this demonstrates an obvious lack of separation of church and state within the Philippine government–which is heavily influenced, if not almost completely controlled by, the Catholic Church.  This goes against the notion of human rights.


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