Divorce law to help battered husbands: solon

Posted at Jul 04 2013 12:29 PM | Updated as of Jul 04 2013 08:29 PM

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MANILA - The passage of a divorce law would benefit not just battered wives but battered husbands as well, the proponent of the divorce measure said Thursday.

Gabriela Women's Party-List Rep. Luz Ilagan said that while the number of battered husbands in the Philippines is lower, they can still avail of divorce if the law is passed and if it is proven that they suffered from domestic violence.

She, however, noted that 65% of cases for annulment and legal separation are filed by women.

Ilagan said the party-list group’s push for a divorce law is a response to the clamor of many Filipino women who are seeking another legal remedy to problems with their marriages.

The lawmaker listed 5 possible conditions for granting divorce in the Philippines:

1) If the couple has been separated at least 5 years and there is no more chance of reconciliation.
2) If the couple has been legally separated for at least 2 years at the time of the filing for divorce.
3) Psychological incapacity
4) Abandonment, marital infidelity or domestic violence or any of the grounds for legal separation
5) Irreconcilable differences

Ilagan said divorce is not an alien concept to Filipinos since it was already allowed during the time of the Japanese and American occupations. She said divorce was only removed after the Family Code was revised.

She also said Muslims in the Philippines are allowed to divorce under the sharia law.

Radio dzMM, July 4, 2013