Is there a legal separation in the Philippines?
Under Philippine law, two people wishing to end their marriage have limited options. They can file for legal separation, which will allow them to separate their possessions and live apart, but does not legally end a marital union and thus does not permit remarriage.
How much does it cost to file for legal separation in the Philippines?
Numerous couples in my time in the Philippines have filed for legal separation – the cost to do so can vary heavily but a recent friend of mine said his final cost for doing so was 65,000 peso (or about $1,500 dollars).
What does legal separation protect you from?
Most importantly, a legal separation agreement will protect you from being responsible for any debt your spouse acquires during the period of separation if you live in an equitable distribution state. If you live in a community property state, you don't get this protection under a legal separation agreement.