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Family Code of the Philippines

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Divorce in the Philippines

Divorce in the Philippines

In August 3, 1988, the Family Code of the Philippines took effect under the presidency of Cory Aquino. The most salient and revolutionary feature of this law is Article 36 which allows marriages to be declared void based on psychological incapacity.

Art. 36. A marriage contracted by any party who, at the time of the celebration, was psychologically incapacitated to comply with the essential marital obligations of marriage, shall likewise be void even if such incapacity becomes manifest only after its solemnization. (As amended by Executive Order 227)
At first glance, one would consider it ironic that it took a convent-educated and devout Catholic president to finally pass a divorce law in the Philippines. Many sectors had clamored for Congress to pass a divorce law but those efforts were always blocked by the Catholic Church. In truth, however, Article 36 was a victory for the Church because it is based on Canon law which states:
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Divorce In The Philippines: A New Window Of Hope

The Philippines in the last country in the world to allow divorce. This is not without saying that the richest country, Vatican City, also does not allow for divorce. Seeing as the Catholic Church is the ruler of this law, there should be no common reason to include the Vatican in any study stating so. Annulments are often a tedious and drawn out process. The lawyers and the court system themselves are the true winners of this procedure. The cost of an annulment or divorce is only meant for the wealthy and those that can teeter on laws and bend them to form their own perception. These facts alone are why divorce in the Philippines should be allowed.

To be set free from an unhappy marriage is to allow citizens of any country to form their own lives. Freedom is something we all want. To allow a country to set the law for such freedoms is nothing more then an act which is incomprehensible. There are record amounts of unhappy marriages in the Philippines. Without the Catholic church’s involvement the country would have left the law of divorce on the books when it was abolished in 1949. Many people around the world don’t know that the Philippines allowed for divorce from 1911 to 1949.  When this law changed people used it as a moral obligation to advance the church and allow them and their country to be overtaken by a religion who’s mindset is hundreds if not thousands of years old.

Divorce in the Philippines may be a subject which is foreign to the people of this country. Legal separation has given a slight window of hope to many who want to live apart from an unhappy marriage. Legal separation does not allow for a couple to remarry and is an unfortunate reason why so many do not persue this path. Modern civilization is being tested by the easy access of information through computers. At the touch of a button anyone can find the truth and realistic approaches in other parts of the world. The laws which are being brought down on the Philippines needs changing. Without the people of the Philippines knowing the freedoms of many other countries is it no wonder they are cemented in laws which are centuries behind developing nations.

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A Modern Take on Divorce In The Philippines

For centuries the Spanish have boldly enforced the Catholic religion to the masses in the Philippines. King Philip of Spain demanded this religion and his forces overtook the country in the 16th century to press their beliefs. For a time Spain’s presence had been diminished by the Filipino people who did not want them or their religion. Some parts of the country easily accepted the Spanish rule while other regions were entwined in battles over hundreds of years.. The boldest of all islands was the isle of Mindanao and the Moro’s who kept the Spanish at bay and away from their untouched land. In modern times the laws which were instilled here are now being challenged. The biggest challenge is finding a new age solution to allowing divorce in the Philippines. With a new law set in place the people here living in an unhappy marriage can find a way to move on with their lives.

With religion comes power, power to the people and often power to the gods which they live by. The Philippines has long been controlled by the Catholic Church and numerous times its laws are based on ideas established by them. In a modern intellectual society this has now set the stage for the era of free thinkers and a new age of people to transform century old laws.

Just like the laws of this country, the people also need help from their impoverished standpoint, and without assistance this cannot happen. Rules which dictate family have long been a focal point in the Philippines. Divorce in the Philippines has recently been talked about by the governing bodies. This and many other laws need a modern road map to the future and away from the path that has been followed for hundreds of years. The Philippine people seek this and without contemporary thinking they will once again be locked into a work subjective to ideas of centuries long ago.

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The Philippines: A Progressive Path to the Future

The Philippines is once again receiving center stage attention to the people of the world. Not only has the economic upswing of many Asian countries helped this attention, but the outreaching lands which are near have received the same rewards as well. The superior position of the Philippines and the exports of necessary commodities have put the islands at full consideration to the modern world. Now these islands are reaching a turning point to which to modernize the laws that were formed around its people for centuries. The legal codes which govern family tradition and divorce in the Philippines have come to the forefront of such discussions.

Family law has allowed a country whose population has tripled in size in the last 3 decades, to disallow issues which bring couples to legal separations and divorce. The Philippines is a great archipelago that has a long standing tradition imbedded in Catholic beliefs. Without the country and the church seeing past the blinding effects of this 18th century idea then the people of these lands cannot find a peaceful resolution to domestic problems related to marriage.

The information highway of the 21st century has allowed for more free thinking people all around the world. This country has come through one of the longest paths to find modernization and the use of the internet highway. This open book of knowledge allows for citizens to see the progress here and for the Filipino community to observe the progressive ways of other prevailing countries. The information found has helped the people to better understand that divorce in the Philippines is not a deterrent or negative path away from the church. Like most peaceful resolutions this too will take time, effort and understanding by all communities within these lands. In the end hopefully modern interpretation will help a country bring itself even higher in respect then it already bears.

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Spanish who took over the Philippines

1945 saw the Philippines devastated by the war with over a million Filipinos dead during the battle with the Japanese, and many thousands of those were killed by bombs from American bombers who had decided to bomb Manila to get rid of Japanese invaders. The process killed thousands and thousands of innocent Filipinos too.

1945 saw the Philippines devastated by the war with over a million Filipinos dead during the battle with the Japanese, and many thousands of those were killed by bombs from American bombers who had decided to bomb Manila to get rid of Japanese invaders. The process killed thousands and thousands of innocent Filipinos too.

It was the Spanish who took over the Philippines in 1565 to 1821 and the country is named after the King of Spain King Philippe, hence Philippines. It was during this time that the people of the Philippines were forced to become Roman Catholic. There was a brief handover of power to the British for two years who captured Manila, but it went back to Spain after that two years.

Divorce in the Philippines is not easily available to the masses thanks to the huge influence of the Catholic Church and its ongoing influence over the governments over all the years, and even up to today the church is extremely powerful.

Good Bye To Spain

In 1898 the Spanish handed over the country for $20 million to the United States of America after losing the Spanish-American war. This meant that the Spanish rule was over, and now the Americans arrived and brought education and to the masses. But in all the time the Americans were in the Philippines ruling, they never changed the laws on Divorce in the Philippines. It is a wonder why this was not done.

1945 saw the Philippines devastated by the war with over a million Filipinos dead during the battle with the Japanese, and many thousands of those were killed by bombs from American bombers who had decided to bomb Manila to get rid of Japanese invaders. The process killed thousands and thousands of innocent Filipinos too.

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Over One Hundred Million People and No Divorce?

. If only the Philippines would take on the fairer and cost effective solution of making divorce in the Philippines more widely known?

. If only the Philippines would take on the fairer and cost effective solution of making divorce in the Philippines more widely known?

There are nearly over 100 million people now living in the Philippines and the country stands as the twelfth most populated country in the world. Out of those 100 million people only 38 million people are officially working, and most of these people in the agriculture industry get paid very little.

A domestic person “living in” can earn about a $100 a month. There is very little hope of people moving out of this sort of financial trap, as the schooling in the Philippines struggles to keep up with the western standards, and some time the teachers do not get paid for months.

Domestic bliss is not here either

Despite the fact that Divorce in the Philippines is not commonly known, most people in so called “normal” jobs cannot even afford the alternative of annulments. An annulment can take many years and cost more than an average family could ever dream of affording. An annulment even if successful causes many legal future issues, especially if children and property is involved.

Children can become technical “bastards” under this system which does not bode well for their future legal status. If only the Philippines would take on the fairer and cost effective solution of making divorce in the Philippines more widely known?

 

 

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Divorce in the Philippines for the masses


The Philippines is now the last country to not officially recognize divorce.  There is apparently no Divorce in the Philippines. This predominately catholic country is steeped in religion. Every place of work and every person will talk about god and will speak of the importance of the family and how god is there to protect them.

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