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When we say it is completely true they respond that their friend, brother, uncle or cousin told them that divorce is not possible and proceed to introduce an argument challenging us to produce proof that divorce is possible and 100% legal. Some even claim they consulted a lawyer and were advised that there is no divorce in the Philippines. I commented in another article “given that around 70% of the candidates who sit the lawyers bar examination, fail, it is not surprising that many lawyers are unaware of all the laws related to divorce”.
Some ask why we will not reveal details of the law which allows divorce and our reply is that it took us a huge amount of personal and professional research before we discovered a method to achieve a legal divorce. We consider the personal knowledge, court skills and ancillary contacts to be unique to us which has been achieved through our dedicated research efforts therefore we choose to claim it as our Intellectual Property (IP).
Like most places in the world the need to make some of the more important of life’s decisions are often postponed until an urgent issue becomes a very urgent issue. The reason we say this is that within the Divorce in the Philippines system we frequently come across people who are in such a hurry to solve a relationship problem that they seem to want it done on the day. Well of course that is not possible and in our correspondence with all clients we go out of our way to tell them what they can expect and the time it will take.
Mostly the time is only a matter of weeks but nothing in life is without complications and delays. Some of the issues that can delay a divorce in the Philippines is the lack of appropriate documentation like birth and marriage certificates.
In the Philippines it is very easy to find that official paperwork is only partially available or disputes exist over the spelling of a name. In some instances it can be very difficult to even locate the correct documentation and issues like these can all contribute to slowing down the process.
When facing these small stumbling blocks many tend to procrastinate to avoid the issue and is often a way of doing nothing. Then the “cold feet” syndrome can cut in. “Oh it is too complicated’ “It is too difficult” ‘I don’t know where to start?’.
We often hear these comments!
The cold feet syndrome is really only putting off today what you know you MUST solve tomorrow. After all, if you love someone and want to marry them you need to make the effort to get past these roadblocks. Here at Divorce in the Philippines we specialize in assisting our client to get past them.
Each day we receive many enquiries about obtaining a divorce here in the Philippines. Some inquiries are from people who are simply curious and the inquiry does not progress beyond that point.
On the other hand many of the people that contact us send us their full contact details and often include a detailed personal account of the reasons they are seeking a divorce in the Philippines with a plea for us to help them.
But in the follow up correspondence they claim that divorce in the Philippines is impossible, and not legal, and some also suggest that we are being dishonest through offering divorce. A common comment is “everyone knows divorce is impossible in the Philippines”. Then in the same email they ask is it really true that they can get a divorce as they are desperate to be free of their marriage and apart from annulment we are their only hope!
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Catholicism was spread out in some European countries. For many believers of this religion, it’s a part of Christianity but with distinction among other Christian religions. Philippines has been on of the countries that were influenced by this religion. In fact, if you will track down the country’s time-line of history, you will discover that Spain was responsible in spreading out Catholicism in the Philippines.
It was in the 16th and 17th centuries when Spain started venturing out on other countries, most specially in Asian countries like the Philippines. Spain had three major goals set in building relationship with the Asian county. The first aim is to colonize the Philippines and have part in the spice trade where Portugal was on the peak of this business. The second goal was to use Philippines as a good medium in trading with other neighboring countries like Japan and China and also to spread the Christianity in other more developed civilizations. The last goal was to Christianize all the inhabitants of the Philippines.
Spanish missionaries and friars were able to spread Christianity in Luzon and Visayas but Mindanao was very resistant during that time. As for the cultural impact, Spaniards had discovered how the inhabitants of the archipelago had poor lifestyle. Due to this situation, the colonizers disagreed with the Filipinos’ customs and felt the need to cut the natives’ evil ways. From the intention of dispersing Catholic faith, political issues were involved. Friars became people with high political positions and social classes were implemented.
Aside from the Catholic faith the the Spaniards influenced, there are certain things and customs that were carried up to this generation. One of those traditions is the belief in relics, idols and images of the saints. The Santo Nino de Cebu is one example of Catholicism’s strong belief in images of saints. This is the second oldest Catholic image that’s successfully preserved through time. The Our Lady of Manaoag is also one of the most prominent icons in this religion. If you will notice, there are a lot of “Lady” icons in Catholicism. This is because the religion is very much devoted in Mary. The Marian Devotion created a wave of influence to numerous towns. Thus, most of these towns created their own version of Mary, so as to have distinction among other idols.