Are we ready for divorce Philippine style?
Gone are the days when staying in an utterly loveless, debilitating marriage is a perpetual must and leaving is weakness. We must accept that there are really times when people grow apart and they cannot reconcile their differences or ultimately gave up trying to. Is it wise to punish them?
|Divorce remains to be a very contentious issue for the country, where deep Church teachings are ingrained in the Filipino DNA.(photo credit to owner)|
Marriage as defined in our Family Code is a special contract of permanent union between a man and a woman entered into in accordance with law for the establishment of conjugal and family life. This is a confining truth, likened to a death sentence in all aspects.
During the opening of the second session of the 17th Congress, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez filed a bill providing for the legal dissolution of marriage as one of the House’s priority legislative measures.
Future generations will benefit on this legislation because by the time they decide to settle down, they know they will always have a choice if everything else fails. Their children will be legitimate from birth and property and successional rights will automatically be governed by our family laws. Bluntly putting it, “this is a win – win situation”. The parties have the choice of marrying each other legally than living in, though already gaining acceptability is still not the same as being married and afforded the protections of law as a spouse.
By Laly P.
with a Report from PhilStar 7/25/2017