Separation does not annul a marriage PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 January 2016 14:22

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God…” (Philippians 4:6, the Holy Bible).

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“KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS” THE COLUMN IS NOW 15 YEARS OLD: Wow. I can’t believe this column is now being written in 2016, with the kind permission and grace of God. This means that “Kakampi Mo Ang Batas”, the column is now around fifteen years old, more or less. Certainly, that is a blessing coming from God, although there have been many times that writing the column meant legal as well as personal troubles for me.

Initially, this column was meant only for answering legal queries, largely as an offshoot of the radio program “Double B Batas ng Bayan” aired at GMA DZBB, 594 kHz, which started as a public service segment of broadcaster Rey Pacheco’s “Senior Balita”. But then, it went on to become an independent radio and TV program as well.

Lately, it has likewise become a vehicle for spiritual expositions, particularly on expounding on the doctrines of the Anak ng Diyos Kadugo Ni Kristo (Children of God Blood Kin of the Christ) Church, a Philippine-established Christian Church which, since 2007, espouses the truth that Jesus Christ is God and Savior, and is God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. May God be glorified!

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SEPARATION OF SPOUSES DOES NOT ANNUL THEIR MARRIAGE: There is an avalanche of queries coming from our countrymen who are abroad either as overseas Filipino workers or as immigrants, on our item about Filipinos who are in other countries having the capacity to file cases to annul their marriages with their Filipino spouses, most of which center on whether or not separation in fact for at least seven years could automatically mean that the marriage is already dissolved.

The answer is no, which means that, the mere separation of the spouses even for a period longer than seven years does not give rise to an automatic annulment. The interested spouse, whether living abroad or still in the Philippines, must file with the Regional Trial Courts here a petition for annulment of marriage, which must be favorable granted by the courts.

Right now, there are several grounds to annul a marriage in the Philippines, but the most popular and most oft-resorted to among many couples is Art. 36 of the Family Code, which says that when a spouse could no longer discharge his or her marital obligations, he or she can be sued for annulment by the other spouse. In our succeeding columns, we will deal with this ground more lengthily, God willing.

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ASKING GOD FOR WHATEVER WE NEED: As we go through 2016 knowing there are terrible uncertainties ahead of us, here is an effective antidote against worrying, or having fears in our hearts and minds, and it is amazingly simple. Instead of worrying, we should focus on asking God for whatever we need. How do we do focus on God and how do we ask Him what we need?

We have been told that we should endeavor to engage ourselves in prayers, all the time. And as we pray, we should force ourselves to trust that God is listening to us, that He is a loving and forgiving God, a God who came to us in human form, a God whose powerful Name is Jesus, and that He came not only because He wanted to accept in Himself the penalties for our sins, but to give us abundant and prosperous lives.

As we trust God, we should lift to Him everything that we need. Yes, everything that we need we should lift it to Him in prayers. The fact is that, even among us human and sinful fathers or parents, we endeavor to give our children the best that we can. God is infinitely much better as our Father, and so He can give us much better things, if we only ask Him.

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PLEASE WATCH OR LISTEN: “Tambalang Batas at Somintac”, a news-commentary radio program, aired at DZEC 1062 kHz and other Radyo Agila provincial stations, at http://www.eaglebroadcasting.net/radyoagila and at www.youtube.com (type DZEC Radyo Agila Tambalang Batas at Somintac 1062 Live), 6 to 7 in the morning, Philippine time. Phone: 0922 833 43 96, 0918 574 0193, 0977 805 9058. Email: batasmauricio@yahoo.com.