These Are The Only Two Countries Without Divorce Laws

As reported by NPR, in March 2018 the Philippines House of Representatives passed a bill that would allow divorce on several grounds, including irreconcilable differences, abuse, infidelity, and abandonment. The bill was “unprecedented,” according to sociologist Jayeel Cornelio of Ateneo University, who observed that 50% of Filipinos surveyed were in favor of separated married couples being able to divorce and that the Catholic Church “is becoming weaker and weaker in the country” when it comes to governing politics as well as people’s personal lives. Lawyer Clara Padilla of the women’s rights organization EnGendeRights noted that there is no legal way for married people experiencing domestic violence to leave their marriages: “Women, even if they’re in an abusive relationship where their husbands would batter them, even if their husbands are drunkards or are alcoholic or engage in extramarital affairs, even if they do drugs — their wives are unable to dissolve the marriages.” 

The 2018 bill didn’t pass. In 2019, Business Mirror reported that Senate leaders saw the passage of a bill legalizing divorce as an “uphill battle”; Senate President Tito Sotto III texted the publication that an alternative bill focused on “dissolution of wedding vows” with “expanded and easier annulment procedures”  rather than divorce was more likely to be a success. As of August 2021, bills are still being brought before the House, as reported by the Library of Congress, with the latest one approved by the Committee on Population and Family Relations and referred on to the House Plenary for debate.


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