FoundationGranted Autonomous `StatusCHED CEB Res. 076-2009LESSON 8: FAMILY CODES OF THE PHILIPPINES AND OTHER RELATED LAWSThe Family Code of the PhilippinesThe Family Code of the Philippines (Executive Order no. 209) was signed into law by then PresidentCorazon Aquino on July 6, 1987.The basic law covering persons and family relations governs marriages, legal separations, propertyrelations between spouses, and parental authority, among others.Unlike western countries, the family code laws in the Philippines forbid divorce. The Philippines, with80% of its population being devoutly Roman Catholic, is only one of two countries in the world thatprohibits divorce, with the other being the smallest country in the world—Vatican City.TOPIC 1 // RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS BETWEEN HUSBAND AND WIFEARTICLE 68The husband and wife are obliged to live together, observe mutual love, respect andfidelity, and render mutual help and support.ARTICLE 69The husband and wife shall fix the family domicile. In case of disagreement, the courtshall decide.The court may exempt one spouse from living with the other if the latter should liveabroad or there are other valid and compelling reasons for the exemption. However, suchexemption shall not apply if the same is not compatible with the solidarity of the family.ARTICLE 70The court may exempt one spouse from living with the other if the latter should liveabroad or there are other valid and compelling reasons for the exemption. However, suchexemption shall not apply if the same is not compatible with the solidarity of the family.ARTICLE 71The management of the household shall be the right and the duty of both spouses. Theexpenses for such management shall be paid in accordance with the provisions of Article70.ARTICLE 72When one of the spouses neglects his or her duties to the conjugal union or commits actswhich tend to bring danger, dishonor or injury to the other or to the family, the aggrievedparty may apply to the court for relief.
FoundationGranted Autonomous `StatusCHED CEB Res. 076-2009ARTICLE 73Either spouse may exercise any legitimate profession, occupation, business or activitywithout the consent of the other. The latter may object only on valid, serious, and moralgrounds.In case of disagreement, the court shall decide whether or not:1. The objection is proper; and2. Benefit has occurred to the family prior to the objection or thereafter. If the benefitaccrued prior to the objection, the resulting obligation shall be enforced against theseparate property of the spouse who has not obtained consent.