The Senate approved the proposed “Expanded Maternity Leave Law of 2015” (Senate Bill No. 2892; see full text), basically providing for additional days for maternity leave. Maternity leave is currently at least sixty (60) days, with pay, for normal delivery, abortion or miscarriage. It’s extended to seventy-eight (78) days in case of caesarian section delivery. The proposed law will still have to go through the usual process until it is signed by the President (or lapsed into law, unless vetoed). Continue reading
SENATE BILL No. 2982
AN ACT INCREASING THE MATERNITY LEAVE PERIOD TO ONE HUNDRED (100) DAYS FOR FEMALE EMPLOYEES IN THE GOVERNMENT SERVICE AND IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, AND GRANTING AN OPTION TO EXTEND FOR AN ADDITIONAL THIRTY (30) DAYS WITHOUT PAY, AMENDING FOR THE PURPOSE REPUBLIC ACT NO. 1161, AS AMENDED, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
(In Substitution of Senate Bill Nos. 288, 2083, 2084, 2661, and 2710)
SECTION 1. Short Title. – This Act shall be known as the “Expanded Maternity Leave Law of 2015.” Continue reading
The death of either spouse dissolves the marital bond (same effect with annulment or declaration of nullity). This simply means that, subject to compliance with certain requirements, the husband or the wife is free to marry again. There is no legal obstacle for remarriage (and we’ve heard of a plot or two involving a spouse who wants to kill the other spouse so he/she can marry another person). Men may remarry right away. Women, on the other hand, must wait for 301 days or, if pregnant at the time of the husband’s death, must wait until childbirth, before they can remarry. Continue reading
There’s a common issue relating to annulment and whether it’s enough ground when the other spouse has started a new family. It usually runs like this: I am married and we have separated years ago (some say they have no kids, some say with kids) and my spouse has started his/her own family (some say there are kids in the “other” family, some say no kids yet). Is the fact that the spouse has a new family sufficient to support a petition for annulment? Continue reading
“Can money, family, friends issues in our marriage be filed for annulment? I’ve been married for 2 years but a lot of issues has completely destroyed our marriage and i want to file an annulment. I am currently living abroad.” (We will feature certain comments so we save time when addressing related concerns. No legal advice, only legal information. See discussion below.) Continue reading
Pope Francis, in all his holiness, is not immune from the temptation to be funny. Here’s the video of Pope Francis and his mother-in-law jokes.
Incidentally, in a petition for declaration of nullity of marriage which we actively opposed on behalf of the wife, the trial court noted that the problem is not between the husband and the wife, but between the mother-in-law and the wife. The Court of Appeals affirmed the denial of the petition, stating in its recent resolution that, “Marriage is far too sacred an institution to be set aside merely because one cannot get along with his or her in-laws.” On the other hand, to be fair, a lot of us are truly thankful for our heaven-sent mother-in-law.
There’s an interesting discussion started by Prosec. Ann Tugbang-Torres: “Do you think there should be a law allowing persons who have undergone a sex re-assignment surgery to also change the entry in their Certificates of Live Birth to conform with their current sex?” The way I see it, the issue on allowing a change in gender (as appearing in the Birth Certificate) by reason of sex change is linked with the issue of same-sex marriage.
A common thread across various annulment-related topics is the effect of the absence of the spouse when a petition for annulment is filed. The latest reincarnation of this query is in the post “Annulment in the Philippines: Questions and Answers II“. It basically goes like this: “I will be filing for annulment but my husband is working abroad and he cannot be present during the hearings.” This query is expected to continue because a lot of Filipinos go abroad as OFWs. Continue reading
The state of New York recently passed a law that legalizes same-sex marriages. That means gay and lesbian couples could marry, with legal protection ordinarily granted to male-female couples. NY is the latest US state that allows same-sex marriage. Continue reading
Striking a balance between career and family is never easy. Even superheroes are confronted with the dilemma of choosing between spending time with a loved one or saving the world. Ask Batman or Spiderman. Or even Superman. They would probably tell you (rather, you’d probably read) not only that with great power comes great responsibility, but also that it’s much difficult for ordinary mortals to balance work and family. Continue reading