Chapter 6:

Regime of Separation of Property

(The Family Code of the Philippines)

Article 143

Should the future spouses agree in the marriage settlements that their property relations during marriage shall be governed by the regime of separation of property, the provisions of this Chapter shall be suppletory.  (212a)

Article 144

Separation of property may refer to present or future property or both.  It may be total or partial.  In the latter case, the property not agreed upon as separate shall pertain to the absolute community.  (213a)

Article 145

Each spouse shall own, dispose of, possess, administer and enjoy his or her own separate estate, without need of the consent of the other.  To each spouse shall belong all earnings from his or her profession, business or industry and all fruits, natural, industrial or civil, due or received during the marriage from his or her separate property.  (214a)

Article 146

Both spouses shall bear the family expenses in proportion to their income, or, in case of insufficiency or default thereof, to the current market value of their separate properties.

The liabilities of the spouses to creditors for family expenses shall, however, be solidary.  (215a)

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