Sen. Hontiveros files a bill seeking “absolute divorce” in Philippines

Sen. Hontiveros files a bill seeking “absolute divorce” in Philippines

- Sen. Risa Hontiveros filed Senate Bill 2134 or “Divorce Act of 2018”

- This bill seeks to have an “absolute divorce” nationwide

- With this proposed law, married couples experiencing physical abuse can file for legal separation

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On January 14, Senator Risa Hontiveros has filed a bill seeking to have an “absolute divorce” in the Philippines. KAMI learned that according to Senate Bill 2134 or “Divorce Act of 2018”, married couples can file for legal separation if there is “physical violence and grossly abusive conduct” involved in the marriage.

According to a report by ABS-CBN News, Sen. Hontiveros thinks that “absence of a divorce law has had disproportionate effects on women who are more often victims of abuse within marriages.”

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In the proposed law, "psychological incapacity of either spouse," "irreconcilable marital differences," and being "separated for at least 5 years" are considered as grounds for divorce.

“This demonstrates that the denial of legal remedies to those seeking to dissolve their union has largely been ineffective way of upholding the policy of the State to keep families together,” Hontiveros said as reported by The Manila Times.

Spouses who will be found guilty of physical abuse to their partner will be facing a P200,000 fine and 5-year imprisonment.

In a previous report by KAMI, Sen. Hontiveros is also pushing “Safe Spaces and Public Spaces” bill to be signed into law. The said proposed law under the House of Representatives as headed by Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin was passed to its third and final reading.

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