With her recently finalized church annulment, which took effect three months after her divorce from husband Claudio Rondinelli in January, it should seem that Miriam Quiambao has finally closed this chapter in the book of her life. But as Miriam shares in this FN article, things aren't quite over yet. She still has to file for civil annulment for her single status to be legally recognized in the country, which will enable her to marry again, if she decides to do so in the future.
As the article goes on to explain, getting divorced and annulled when you're a Filipino is a lot more complicated than we think--which is understandable, since the decision to dissolve a marriage shouldn't be taken lightly. But given the complications and legal ramifications, not to mention the expense, one has to wonder if our policies are not unduly restrictive, and force women--and men--into staying in unions that are hopelessly doomed and possibly harmful.
Given all this, FN wants to know how you feel about divorce and annulment in the Philippines. Do you think it should finally be legalized, since the government (and the church) is granting annulments anyway? Share your thoughts by answering this poll, and explain your views further by leaving a comment below.
You can also read more on this topic by checking out this FN article: "On Miriam Quiambao’s Divorce, Church Annulment, and Civil Annulment: What Every Woman Needs to Know."
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