Friday, June 5, 2015
From Pacific Daily News:
Laws concerning the family aren't established in a vacuum. That is, family laws reflect and incorporate the unique history, culture and religious beliefs of each country, and frequently that of smaller subdivisions of the country, such as states or territories. For those of us living in a particular place, we take these influences for granted and have a difficult time detecting and identifying them within our laws. We are blind to the obvious.
This isn't the case for new arrivals. They are much more sensitive to the interplay these influences have on our family laws. This is especially true where our laws may conflict with those of their state or country of origin.
As an example, a recent immigrant from the Philippines might be startled to learn that under Guam family law, divorce is fairly common and relatively inexpensive and easy to process. This stands in stark contrast to Philippine law, which severely restricts the ability of Filipinos to end a marriage. Divorces are forbidden. An annulment is possible, but for social and financial reasons, infrequently pursued.
Read more here.