The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved on second reading a bill legalizing Church-decreed annulment or dissolution of certain marriages.
The bill was sponsored by Laguna 3rd District Rep. Sol Aragones, Cebu 3rd District Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia, and Leyte 1st District Rep. Yedda Marie Romualdez.
The bill seeks to legally recognize church annulment decrees as it provides for the civil recognition of church annulment decrees and the determination of the legal status of children of spouses who have acquired church annulment decrees.
It also provides for the mode of liquidation, partition, and distribution of properties of the spouses and for the proper custody and support of the common children of the spouses.
The bill likewise provides for the mode of delivery of the presumptive legtime and that church annulment decrees, together with the agreement of the spouses on the liquidation, partition, and distribution of properties of the spouses shall be recorded in the appropriate civil registry.
Lastly, the bill provides that either of the spouses may remarry after complying with certain requirements and the provision of Article 52 of the Family Code of the Philippines. It amends a portion of Executive Order 209.