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Family Code of the Philippines

So what is the alternative to Divorce in the Philippines?

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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True and Strange Beliefs In The Philippines

The Philippines is a country steeped in superstition and unique cultural beliefs. Many of these beliefs are derived from traditional influences which date back to ancient times. Some of these phenomenon’s are nothing short of odd in some cases and outright crazy in others. In modern day society these superstitions are being practiced on a daily basis. This and many other sociological divides often cause married couples issues within their families. Many times foreigners who marry in the Philippines cannot accept this type of strange behavior. This divide is how many couples end up getting a divorce in the Philippines.

 

Many ancient tribes that still live in the Philippine islands and  practice ancestral ceremonies. These religious events are often to thank their forefathers and give praise to the gods for something they are about to receive. These types of beliefs are much like the American Indians and their unique culture is lived in much the same manner.

 

Some strange beliefs in the Philippines include issues for pregnant women. It is believed that if the woman comes close to an ugly animal or eats a certain kind of food she will inheritable give birth to a baby who may look like a monkey or has hair like an ape. This belief alone is one reason why many mothers will not go out in public when pregnant. Other superstitions pertain to money including not putting money on the dining room table as it brings bad luck. Additional beliefs include clipping your toenails at night as that is a sign that you want an elder relative to die.

 

There are many other aspects of life in the Philippine islands and is something which has to be looked at when thinking of marriage here. If ideals at first seem comical to a person, later in life it may not be something that seems all too funny anymore. This and many other reasons that bring different couples together is also many times what tear them apart. Before giving thought to marriage in these islands be certain to look into the family and their outlook on cultural beliefs. Searching for the perfect person to marry is always a quest which often leads us in the wrong direction. For those coming to the Philippines for marriage are often beset with problems which can be unforeseen. For those that take the wrong path a divorce in the Philippines is a remedy which is often the only avenue to pursue.

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Divorcing in the Philippines

Every month we receive six or seven requests for divorces that do not progress past the initial inquiry.

Mainly these requests come from Filipinas who are stuck in an unhappy or unworkable marriage and are desperately seeking a way out.

Their husbands are not working and cannot feed or clothe their family and most domestic tasks are left to the woman.   These women barely scrape through each day to feed the children and sort of exist in a form of total exhaustion.

Although the husband does not have a regular income he does seem to find money for alcohol, gambling, cigarettes and often another woman.

Many of these women have been subjected to quite brutal beatings from their spouses but are reluctant to call the police in fear of reprisals from her husband’s family.  Each drunken attack on the woman leaves her in fear of another unwanted pregnancy.

On the other hand we receive many inquiries from foreigners who have met a beautiful Filipina but he discovers she is already married.  Often these girls have been abandoned by their boyfriends or husbands and left to fend for themselves.

Suddenly a foreigner comes along and a caring relationship is formed.   As love blossoms and they meet for a month or so they both decide they begin making plans for their future together.

The issue now becomes one of “is she free to marry”?  Often the answer is that she is not free to marry.

After discussions with many people including lawyers, they learn the only way to break that marriage is through an Annulment.

So they start to talk with a lawyer.  They are soon shocked and dismayed to learn that an annulment is expensive (350,000 plus) and might take several years to reach a conclusion.  If the lawyer is really honest he will tell them that not all annulments are granted and some end in failure.

Then they have to go through the worry of making such a big decision.  The girl is usually willing to start the annulment process as it will give her the opportunity to become free and possibly marry the foreigner which might lead to her being able to begin a new life in another country.

Sometimes they are forced to make the decision to reject the annulment way simply because of the high cost and length of time involved.  Then suddenly two people have had their hopes and plans destroyed and are left wondering what to do.

So if you are reading this and some parts of it sound familiar to your own experiences take heart because there is another and much easier way!

This other way is much quicker and cheaper and is guaranteed to result in the woman becoming free to marry the love of her life.

Just go to  http://www.divorceinthephilippines.info/and learn how we can change your life…legally and quickly.

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Philippines and Celebrities

. There is no divorce in the Philippines, but if you are really rich you can get annulments with huge pay-outs. High profile cases include the presidents sister Cris Aquino who  has a very public battle with her husband

. There is no divorce in the Philippines, but if you are really rich you can get annulments with huge pay-outs. High profile cases include the presidents sister Cris Aquino who has a very public battle with her husband

For most westerners coming to the Philippines and seeing the value that most Filipinos have on “celebrities”, it will appear very strange. Huge pockets of the population live on starvation rations and yet will watch the TV Soaps and seem to know everything about the actors or actresses and will talk about their wealth and shopping trips to Hong Kong by private planes.

The distribution of wealth in the Philippines is still a scandal. There is no divorce in the Philippines, but if you are really rich you can get annulments with huge pay-outs. High profile cases include the presidents sister Kris Aquino who  has a very public battle with her husband.

Dollars and No Divorce

If you have a few thousand dollars you can get an annulment after a few years, but for most the simple truth is that there is not a easy way to get split from an unfaithful or loveless relationship. Therefore it is very easy to see a blind acceptance of men having other women and other families, if only divorce in the Philippines was allowed!

Marrying a foreigners is often the only way out of poverty for most Filipinos, but if they (Filipina) is already married this will put a huge financial and time burden on the foreigner to get the marriage annulled. But for certain parts of the population there is a legal divorce system.

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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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