August 18, 2021 | 00:00
MANILA, Philippines — A House panel yesterday approved a bill allowing absolute divorce in the country.
The Population and Family Relations Committee unanimously approved the unnumbered substitution bill which aims to allow the annulment of the marital union and the remarriage of divorced spouses.
Under this measure, existing grounds for legal separation, marriage annulment, and marriage annulment based on psychological incapacity under the Family Code of the Philippines are included as absolute grounds for divorce.
The said reasons are modified to cover causes arising after the celebration of the marriage.
The bill provides for other grounds for divorce: de facto separation for at least five years at the time of the filing of the petition for absolute divorce; when one of the spouses undergoes a sex change operation or changes from one sex to the other; irreconcilable marital differences as defined in the bill; other forms of domestic or intimate partner violence which are also defined in the bill; a valid foreign divorce obtained by the foreign or Filipino spouse; and a marriage annulled by a recognized religious court.
Among the amendments were provisions on applicants assisted by the court; pre-marital and post-marital community programs; community offices for women to provide assistance and support to victims of violence and abuse and ownership language for the bill.