Here is something that might help many who now find themselves stuck.
The final legislative proposal cites the following as grounds for absolute divorce:
- Physical violence or grossly abusive conduct directed against the petitioner, a common child or a child of the petitioner;
- Physical violence or moral pressure to compel the petitioner to change religious or political affiliation;
- Attempt of respondent to corrupt or induce the petitioner, a common child or child of petitioner to engage in prostitution;
- Imprisonment of respondent for more than six years, even if pardoned;
- Drug addiction or habitual alcoholism or chronic gambling on the part of respondent;
- Respondent’s homosexuality
- Bigamous marriage contracted by respondent
- Marital infidelity or perversion or having a child with another person other than spouse during marriage, except upon mutual agreement;
- Attempt against the life of the petitioner, common child or child of petitioner
- Abandonment by petitioner or by respondent without justifiable cause for more than one year.
The bill also provides for annulment of marriage by maintaining the same grounds already provided under Article 45 of the Family Code of the Philippines.