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Divorce remains illegal in the Phillipines

Other than Vatican City, the Philippines is the lone holdout among nations when it comes to legalizing divorce. There is a movement to revive failed legislation to allow divorce, but currently in the strongly Catholic country, couples mainly can only dissolve their marriages through annulment. The process is costly financially and in many other ways. Columnist, Ana Santos, found this out firsthand. She shared the struggles of ending her marriage in a recent feature article for The Atlantic titled “Ending a Marriage in the Only Country That Bans Divorce.” Santos is a former Persephone Miel fellow at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. She’ll talk about the religious, political and societal obstacles to ending the ban on divorce in the Philippines. (Photo: Flickr/Canon Maiden)

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