Divorce, dis­so­lu­tion of mar­riage bill passes 2nd read­ing

Cebu Daily News - - ISLANDS - /INQUIRER.NET

THEHOUSEof Rep­re­sen­ta­tives on Wed­nes­day voted to ap­prove on sec­ond read­ing a bill which seeks to in­sti­tute ab­so­lute divorce and dis­so­lu­tion of mar­riage in the coun­try.

The lower Cham­ber had only started its pe­riod ofde­bate­and in­ter­pel­la­tion on House Bill 7303 last Mon­day.

The pro­posed mea­sure seeks to “pro­vide op­por­tu­nity to spouses in ir­re­me­di­a­bly failed mar­riages” to se­cure an ab­so­lute divorce de­cree un­der lim­ited grounds, to “pro­tect chil­dren from pain and stress re­sult­ing from their par­ents’ mar­itime prob­lems,” and to “grant di­vorced spouses to marry again.”

The bill also pro­vides in­ex­pen­sive court pro­ceed­ings in se­cur­ing ab­so­lute divorce.

Grounds for an ab­so­lute divorce in­clude: those grounds stated un­der le­gal sep­a­ra­tion and an­nul­ment un­der the Fam­ily Code of the Philip­pines, sep­a­ra­tion in fact for at least five years, le­gal sep­a­ra­tion by ju­di­cial de­cree, for at least two years, psy­cho­log­i­cal in­ca­pac­ity, gen­der re­as­sign­ment surgery, ir­rec­on­cil­able dif­fer­ences, and joint pe­ti­tion of spouses.

Un­der the bill, over­seas Filipino work­ers are also given pri­or­ity on court hear­ings.

It also pro­vides for a manda­tory six-month cool­ing-off pe­riod for pe­ti­tioner spouses, and also rec­og­nizes the rec­on­cil­i­a­tion of the spouses through a joint man­i­festo un­der oath sub­mit­ted to the court.

Fol­low­ing the bill’s ap­proval on sec­ond read­ing, it would then be cal­en­dared for third read­ing to be fol­lowed by a vot­ing be­fore the ple­nary.


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