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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Divorce in Philippines

From PhilStar:

MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) - Congress began this week a heated debate on the issue of legalizing divorce, but many social scientists believe it hard to achieve in this majority Catholic country at present.

The Philippines and the Vatican are now the only places in the world to ban divorce, after Malta voted to remove its ban on divorce on May 31.

The Philippine House committee on revision of laws kicked off its deliberations on the controversial divorce bill, with pro- and anti-divorce lawmakers facing off on the issue of legalizing divorce in the country.

One of the authors of the bill, women's party list group Gabriela believes that the existing laws on marriage are not enough, and legalization of divorce will help many couples and families suffering from failed marriages.

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In the modern world, citizens of each country should have the legal right to pursue divorce if they so desire. The Philippino legislators need to catch up with the times. They need to stop legislating morals, and grant their citizens the freedom to pursue divorce.

Posted by: Oklahoma City Divorce | Jul 13, 2011 7:45:23 PM

The Phillipinos deserve to have the freedom to divorce if they so desire.

Posted by: Divorce Attorneys Tulsa | Sep 1, 2011 6:26:22 PM

People should be very careful in deciding such things. But if the government thinks that it would be a great help especially for the woman, then they should approved it. I'm not a pro-divorce, but come to think of it. What if you're other half wasn't happy anymore? Would you still pursue the marriage? What if, you to know that the marriage isn't working anymore? Would you still choose to be with your partner? Some of us would say yes, but at the end of the day can you still stick to your decision? If we agreed about divorce, it doesn't mean that we're against the belief of the Church we're just thinking what would be the big help for us especially for those people who are experiencing failed marriages.

Posted by: Lawyer in Manila | Sep 12, 2013 10:41:30 PM

I don't agree with divorce thing because you both faced the altar, said your vows with each other. For better or for worse, till death do you part. To prevent this kind of situation, be sure that the man/woman you will marry will be with you for the rest of your life, you must be ready for this because this is not a joke. I think this kind of law will not be implemented because it is not right.

Posted by: attorney manila | Sep 15, 2013 7:36:23 PM

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