The House of Representative sent their approval regarding the bill that legalizes absolute divorce as well as the dissolution of marriage in the Philippines. The third and final reading was made last Monday.
134 member voted for the approval of the bill while 57 were against it, and 2 members were abstaining. The lawmakers finally sent their approval to the House Bill No. 7303 or “An Act Instituting Absolute Divorce and Dissolution of Marriage in the Philippines.”
It was on March 12 when they started to debate the proposed measure but was able to approve the second reading just two days after the first reading.
This bill provides spouses who are in “irremediably failed marriages” to have an absolute divorce decree which falls under limited grounds. This bill aims to protect the children from emotional pain and stress which is a result of constant marital problems with their parents. This bill grants divorced spouses to remarry.
The following are the grounds for absolute divorce:
- Reasons stated under legal separation and annulment under the Family Code of the Philippines
- Separation for a minimum of five years
- Legal separation by judicial decree for at least two years
- Gender reassignment surgery
- Joint petition of spouses
- Psychological incapacity
- Irreconcilable differences
- This bill also gives mandatory six-month cooling-off for petitioner spouses. It also recognizes reconciliation through a joint manifesto which should be under the oath given to the court
The bill will soon reach the Senate. It can be recalled that some upper Chamber members previously expressed their opposition towards the divorce bill.
President Rodrigo Duterte is also against this bill, stating that children will be the most affected if their parents get separated.