Gambling, bisexuality grounds for legal separation
EXCESSIVE gambling and bisexuality may soon grounds for couple’s legal separation.
Deputy Minority Leader Amelita Calimbas-Villarosa (Lone District, Occidental Mindoro), author of House Bill 2144, said married couples who are facing deteriorating relationships have many legal grounds or options for legal separation
She said there are available options for legal separation which are “realistic and more responsive” to the problems of married couples.
Married couples who are facing deteriorating relationships have many legal grounds or options for legal separation.
House Bill 2144 seeks to amend Article 55 of Executive Order 209, otherwise known as the Family Code of the Philippines.
Under the bill, Calimbas-Villarosa said legal separation may be filed on the grounds of affliction of the respondent of a sexually transmissible disease regardless of its nature or attempt by the respondent against the life of the petitioner, his or her descendants or ascendants, brothers or sisters.
Calimbas-Villarosa said legal separation may also be filed on the grounds of unjustifiable refusal of the respondent to provide support to the petitioner and their common children, or unjustifiable reluctance of the respondent to engage in a decent occupation or means of livelihood.
“Excessive gambling and bisexuality can also be invoked as grounds for legal separation,” Calimbas-Villarosa said.
Calimbas-Villarosa said flimsy reasons, such as irreconcilable incompatibility, are not sufficient to dissolve a lifelong union.
“Many partisan groups exploit women issues and claim to be protective of feminist interests but forget that reckless disregard for the solemnity of marriage leave children at the losing end,” Calimbas-Villarosa said.
Calimbas-Villarosa said the bill also seeks to consider the concurrence of five grounds of legal separation as indication of psychological incapacity subject to confirmatory diagnosis by psychiatry and clinical psychology experts. Psychological incapacity is a ground for declaration of nullity of marriage under EO 209.
The 10 legal grounds for separations under EO 209 are as follows: repeated physical violence or grossly abusive conduct; physical violence or moral pressure to compel the petitioner to change religious or political affiliation and attempt of respondent to corrupt or induce the petitioner, a common child, or a child of the petitioner, to engage in prostitution.
Likewise, the final judgment sentencing the respondent to imprisonment of more than six years; drug addiction or habitual alcoholism; lesbianism or homosexuality; subsequent bigamous marriage or sexual infidelity; attempt by the respondent against the life of the petitioner and abandonment of petitioner by respondent without justifiable cause for more than one year are also grounds for separation under EO 209.-D’Jay Lazaro