Posted September 16, 2018 03:36:23 An international marriage license is expected to be issued by the Philippines to thousands of couples, but many who want to marry are having difficulty getting it.
Mixed marriages are rare, with only about 500 couples each year married in one of the country’s 17 provinces, and only two couples in each province who are legally married.
Marriage licenses have been issued in the provinces of Luzon and Visayas since July 2018, but only one couple is actually married each year in the country.
“Marriage in the whole Philippines is not a real marriage.
It’s a sham marriage, a sham union,” said Jhala Bajar, a lawyer and a marriage consultant.
“There’s a big problem with getting married in our country.”
Marriage license holders who want a marriage license are usually able to apply for a marriage certificate from the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
But the process takes about 10 days, and if they have an invalid marriage certificate, they may have to wait for a court to issue a marriage order.
“I’m afraid it will be another month before the marriage license can be issued,” Bajer said.
“People in the process of getting married are not aware that this is a sham.
This is a big, big problem.
There’s a lot of couples who can’t get a marriage contract.
They’re not married, they’re not together.”
Marriages are often held at public places, and some couples prefer to live with their spouse, rather than marry in their home province.
“If we can’t marry, it’s a huge problem.
We don’t know what to do,” said Mariela Cancan, a mother and a wife.
“We live in the province where we have the highest rate of divorce, where we’ve been living for years.
We’re not able to live together.”
The issue is complicated by the fact that marriages are rarely recognized by the government.
Marriages are not recognized by civil code, and marriages are not even recognized by local courts, which have no jurisdiction over marriage contracts.
“We have a lot more difficulty obtaining a marriage in the state of Mindanao.
There are a lot fewer marriage licenses issued,” said Cancañas’ husband, Antonio Ramos.”
It’s not only the province that has this problem, but even the provinces in Mindanaan, they are very different in how they approach this,” said Bajr.”
What is happening in Minda, I don’t think is the case in Luzon.
I think it’s the same situation.
I don and I don´t know how it is going to affect people in the next few months.”