If I got into a new relationship, I risked being charged with adultery and jailed.I was 28 when I left my husband, 29 when I finally decided—against my family’s wishes and without their support—to file for annulment. And on the phone that day, I felt like the oldest 33-year-old in the world.* * *Under Philippine law, two people wishing to end their marriage have limited options.She was literally holding my future in her hands, in the form of an annulment decision we had sought for four years. I had walked out on my marriage five years earlier and had barely spoken with my daughter’s father for just as long, but on paper he was still my husband. My name was only half mine—all my identification papers remained in my married name.After opening the envelope, she rambled a bit, skimming the contents out loud to fill the dead air. Any major purchase I made would be considered conjugal property.In his computer were videos and images of young boys and girls engaged in sex acts.“Why is everyone asking about children coming into my house?
They steadily increase pressure on you to participate, which they record and later threaten to distribute online.
In September 2015, Leonor Cabigon, a 38-year-old Filipina mother of two, returned early from a trip to find a young woman sleeping in the bed she shared with her American husband Dan in Valencia, a remote mountain town in the Philippine island province of Negros Oriental.
A self-described wellness expert, Dan first claimed to be treating the young woman for a stomach ailment, before admitting they’d been having an affair.
They can file for legal separation, which will allow them to separate their possessions and live apart, but does not legally end a marital union and thus does not permit remarriage.
They can file for divorce if they are among the estimated 5 percent of the population that is Muslim and is governed by the Code of Muslim Personal Laws.