The Proposed Divorce Bill of the Philippines

The proposed Divorce Bill of the Philippines is a bill introduced by Gabriela Women’s Party representatives Rep. Luzviminda Ilagan and Emerenciana de Jesus.

It proposes five grounds for the filing of a petition for divorce, which include psychological incapacity, causing one’s failure to comply with essential marital obligations and irreconcilable differences causing the irreparable breakdown of the marriage. Only couples who have been separated for five years and those already legally separated for two years are the only ones who may apply for divorce. Malta is set to legalize divorce, which makes the Philippines the only country in the world that bans divorce.

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