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What You Should Know About Your Rights as the Legal Wife
  • With the sheer number of movies and teleseryes about extramarital affairs these days, it’s starting to seem like marital woes are becoming more and more like a natural occurrence. It’s something that really makes us sad, but that’s how the world works these days, and it sure looks like we have no choice but to roll with it. However, that's not to say that you're left defenseless.

    For all the happily married women out there: Do you know what you’re supposed to do if your husband cheats on you? What rights does the law bestow upon you as a wife? If you don’t know the answers to those questions, you better read up, stat!

    1. What should I do if I find out that my husband has been cheating on me?
    It’s your right to haul your husband to court if you have evidence that he has been anything but loyal to you. Occasional or a single instance of infidelity goes against R.A. 9262, or violence against women and children, while habitual cheating counts as concubinage. You’ll need solid evidence to back up your allegations though.

    2. If my husband dies, do I have any right to his remains?
    As long as you remain the legal wife, you’ll always have the right to your late husband’s remains. This doesn’t change whether you’re still blissfully under one roof or if you’ve been living separate lives for decades now.

    3. My husband will be working in another country soon, and he wants me to join him abroad. Am I supposed to follow him even if I don’t see any good reason to leave my life here in the Philippines?
    If you really don’t want to leave, you can absolutely stay in the Philippines. If he is employed by the government, then you are compelled to join him in whichever country he is assigned.

    4. My boss wants to give me a condo unit since I’ve been her PA for two decades now, but my husband doesn’t want me to accept it. What should I do?
    Congratulations! But you might have to ask your hubby first for his permission. Article 114 in the Civil Code of the Philippines states that "the wife cannot, without the husband’s consent, acquire any property by gratuitous title, except from her ascendants, descendants, parents-in-law, and collateral relatives within the fourth degree." We’re sure your husband will be supportive, but it’s better to be safe than sorry!

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    * Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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