10-year marriage contracts proposed by women's group

Partylist 1-Ako Babaeng Astig Aasenso (1-ABAA) proposed on January 7 the enactment of a law that will limit a marriage's validity to only 10 years, reports The Philippine Star.

"A marriage license should be just like a passport or driver's license. If we are not interested to renew it, then it expires," explained Margie Tajon,1-ABAA president. The group expressed their concern about abandoned and separated women who are forced to raise their families alone because they aren't allowed, by law, to look for new partners unless their marriage is deemed annulled.

The Philippine Star reported that the proposed enactment of this 10-year limit to marriage certificates will give couples a chance to evaluate the status of their relationship. At the end of the contract, they can deliberate whether they want to renew the binding agreement for an additional 10 years or find new partners. According to 1-ABAA, this move will save both the man and woman from the stresses of filing for an annulment.

"We are tough women, we will fight for our right to be free from the bondage of marriage," Tajon said, according to the The Philippine Star. She further said that the group anticipates strong opposition from the Catholic Church, but that they will continue to fight until the law is passed in Congress.

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