The law best known to many as the “Violence against Women and Children” is the bill often referred to as Republic Act #9262. People will overhear this strange number used by the attorney in conversation, but those who are trying to get an annulment in the Philippines will not find this bill at all useful.
The law is enforced for those who break the bonds of marriage in acts of aggression, but this law uses subsections that can and are repeatedly referred to as violence. The most common of these acts would of course be actual harm to a spouse which can be the man or woman.
Some aspects of marriage that would be overlooked by other countries are given high priority in the Philippines, one of which is causing of emotional or psychological distress. This measure also includes staying or living within the property of which the spouse and child (if any) live in also. Oddly enough that may include the house that you occupy and is the only personal dwelling to which you can stay.
Other acts which fall under the law include threats with bouts of intense yelling due to their nature under the subsection of distress and/or public ridicule. Often for those going through a divorce in the Philippines one will also discover that acts of kindness in the past with money can be part of the hearings involving this law. Sacks of rice or any other types of monetary items are often prioritized as “support” which can and will often be requested as part of spousal assistance under such proceedings. The law of this country should be looked at closer upon the final decision of wanting to live in the Philippines.