House Bill 2380: Divorce Bill filed for the 5th time in Congress

The Divorce Bill has been filed again in the Congress after failing to have it deliberated in the previous four Congress years. The Philippines is the only country in the world without a Divorce Law aside from the Vatican. The difficult process of legal separation and a tremendous amount of money to be incurred to find divorce attorney or family attorney has been frustrating to many others.

And so for the 5th time, the Divorce Bill has been filed in the Congress in a hope that this will turn into law. Gabriela Women's Party Representative Emmi de Jesus and Arlene Brosas filed the landmark bill.


  • The petitioner has been separated de facto from his or her spouse for at least 5 years at the time of the filing of the petition, and reconciliation is “highly improbable”
  • The petitioner has been legally separated from the spouse for at least two years at the time of the filing, and reconciliation is “highly improbable”
  • When any of the accepted grounds for legal separation “has caused the irreparable breakdown” of the marriage
  • When one or both spouses are psychologically incapacitated to comply with the essential marital obligations
  • When the spouses suffer from irreconcilable differences that “have caused the irreparable breakdown" of the marriage

The following grounds of the Article 55 of the Family Code will also be the basis of the divorce. 

The Full Context of House Bill 2380 or "Divorce Bill"

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