Divorce is Not an Option

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Divorce is not an option. Well, not yet at least. After the much-talked-about RH Bill, Divorce Bill is heating up debates between the senators who are by the way still not finished reviewing another controversial Cyberlaw Bill.

The Philippines is the only country that doesn’t have divorce. Well, we do have annulment proceedings where you have to make good excuses, that your incapacitated, blame someone and say that your marriage never existed which is quite frankly an odd lousy excuse, because why would you get married in the first place if you know it’s not valid, not real?

Divorce on the other hand can be a good thing for couples who are desperately longing to get out in harmful relationships. It’s mostly an advantage for battered women for example, they don’t have to endure and go through the traumatic process of annulment.

Legalizing divorce however would likely prompt more people to get prenuptial agreements before signing the marriage contract. Signing a prenup is like signing, “If-this-marriage-doesn’t-work” then conditions, conditions… get what I mean? It is a practical thing to do, but it’s more like signing a business partnership contract. People will be more likely to get married quickly thinking that if things get nasty they can just get out so easily. What about the sanctity of marriage? Is it overrated? Speaking of the sanctity of marriage, here’s what the bible says about divorce?

Luke 16:18

Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another, commits adultery; and he who marries one who is divorced from a husband commits adultery.

1 Corinthians 7:39

A wife is bound as long as her husband lives; but if her husband is dead, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord.

Those verses only mean that, if it’s really not working out, you have no choice but to remain unmarried as long as your other half lives so you won’t commit a sin.

What’s your stand on this? Is it time for Philippines to legalize divorce? Is it really that necessary to catch up with the other nations to offer this option to married people? Would life be easier having divorce as an option?

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