annulmentHome alone every lunch time is a routine I face during the week days. While the household is devoid of the girls’ babblings and pitter patter, the ghosts at the second floor pace restlessly. I turn on the TV to distract me from unwanted ghostly apparitions. At least I can hear human voices. While watching Korina’s talk show , the topic of the Philippine state of annulment caught my interest. In my husband’s family, 3 out of 6 siblings’ marriage are either annulled, divorced or separated. Take your pick. I won’t go through the reasons for their separation but I believed they gave it their best shot before resorting to legal action or no legal action. Once upon a time, I also considered separation but thank God for this second chance at love and a more meaningful marriage. Now I am just wondering how the Supreme Court junked Amy Perez’ annulment petition.

The Supreme Court denied with finality the petition filed by actress Maria Armida “Amy” Perez asking for an annulment of her marriage to estranged husband Brix Ferraris, ANC reported Thursday.

In an eight-page resolution, the high court said the psychiatrist’s testimony failed to prove that Ferraris was suffering from psychological incapacity under Article 36 of the Family Code. The court also ruled that alcoholism, sexual infidelity and abandonment are not enough grounds to declare a marriage null and void.

Is it just bad luck that Amy’s case landed in the wrong court? Or is it because the pyschiatrist’ testimony is inadequate? I thought it was easy to get an annulment as I have heard of favorable annulment decisions from friends. My ex-sister in law was able to get the court’s favorable decision in less than a year. Was it because she was a lawyer? The Supreme Court found Perez’s husband’s alleged mixed personality disorder, the ““leaving-the-house” attitude whenever they quarreled, the violent tendencies during epileptic attacks, the sexual infidelity, the abandonment and lack of support, and his preference to spend more time with his band mates than his family were not rooted in some debilitating psychological condition but a mere refusal or unwillingness to assume the essential obligations of marriage. Is that so?

What about alcoholism in some marriages?

In a 1992 JAMA article, the Joint Committee of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence and the American Society of Addiction Medicine published this definition for alcoholism: “Alcoholism is a primary chronic disease with genetic, psychosocial, and environmental factors influencing its development and manifestations. The disease is often progressive and fatal. It is characterized by impaired control over drinking, preoccupation with the drug alcohol, use of alcohol despite adverse consequences, and distortions in thinking, mostly denial. Each of these symptoms may be continuous or periodic.”

The debate continues that alcoholism is a personal conduct problem, rather than a disease even in the US. I bet our courts don’t buy alcoholism either as a ground for psychological incapacity. Alcoholism needs to be established prior to their marriage. However, there is a way out to Amy’s annulment problem. If she converts to another citizenship , her divorce will be recognized in the Philippines. I don’t think that will be easy as it take years. Meantime, she is not free to remarry or even date as it could be viewed as adultery.

Examples of “psychologically incapacitated person” as drafted in the Family Code was not defined. The committee gave judges a leeway to interpret the provision on case to case basis. It’s just tough luck for rejected annulment cases. And wow, what a waste of lawyer fees!

A resource site for public information on annulment by a Cebu based family lawyer.

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You may contact Noemi (noemidado @ gmail.com) for speaking and consultancy services in the following areas: Parenting in the Digital Age (includes pro-active parenting on cyber-bullying and bullying) ; Social Business ; Reinventing One’s Life; and social media engagement. Our parenting workshop is called "Prep to Prime (P2P): Parenting in the Digital Age (An Un­Workshop)" P2P Un­Workshops are conducted by two golden women in their prime, Noemi and Jane, who have a century’s worth of experience between them. They are both accomplished professionals who chose to become homemakers. This 180­degree turn also put them on a different life course which includes blogging, social media engagement and citizen advocacy. They call their un­workshops Prep to Prime or P2P, for short, to emphasize the breadth of their parenting experience. They tackle different aspects and issues of parenting ­­ from managing pregnancies, prepping for the school years of children, dealing with househelp, managing the household budget, to maximizing one’s prime life and staying healthy through the senior years.

236 Thoughts on “Annulment in the Philippines

  1. hi noemi.As a lawyer handling family court cases for years, I have come to accept that courts have an unrealistic (if not hypocritical) view of when annulment is justified. Contrary to popular perception, a lot of annulment petitions get denied. It seems that courts are swayed only by certain grounds which are really extreme. I wonder when courts will accept the fact marriage can and do fall apart on simpler, albeit actual grounds which prove traumatic to spouses.

  2. @Lemon: i was under the impression that it was easy to get an annulment. In fact, I always thought of it as a way out of marriage . Sabi ko there is a precedent anyway in my spouse family. I think it’s a blessing that I didn’t pursue it.

  3. my annullment is also still in court at the moment. as far as i was informed this annullment has been filed a year ago and now we are waiting for the final court decision.

    my ex husband was the one who filed the annullment. the court gave me a letter that this is already for final decision. i never showed up not even in one of the court hearings as i am abroad at the moment. my ex- husband who filed it has two kids now and living happily with his new partner.

    iam just wondering how long will we wait for the final court order as we also need a closure to our relationship and both of us have to move on with our lives.

    anyway, my question is how do we know if there is a problem with the case just like in amy perez’s case? does the court inform the parties involved ahead of time? or you will just know it in the end?

    all the best to you!
    shashavica
    please visit my blogsite: http://www.shashavica.blogspot.com

  4. i guess it’s great time to have divorce in the philippines. annulment – from what i understand is that, well, it cancels the previous marriage as if it did not exist. but everybody knows that yes, it did exist. and heck, the fee is way too high for the common tao, for mr juan dela cruz.. is it a law destined only for the elites? for those who can afford? and for those who cannot, magdusa na lang sila?

    sorry, it’s my first comment here and i already rant. the inequality in the philippines is just a hot topic for me..

    anyways.. hello there.. came from pinoyblog ;)

    • I agree with you…Better stop the hypocracy. Unless after a decision is reached that annulment is granted to both parties, they both will be injected of something to forget ” that ” particular event in their life they got married.

      Not to encourage separation (divorce) but then as long as the grounds for divorce is also well established then we would rather be true in acknowledging that one did indeed got marriage and that both partis have already walked the miles from east to west and swam the Pacific for the marriage to work out yet gained no result.

  5. @ginger: Please respect my privacy if I don’t mention details. I didn’t approve your comments. If you have any questions, email me personally and introduce yourself without hiding your real identity. YOU seem to know my husband’s family. Just because I blog about it gives you the right to question my statistics…if you know my husband’s family that well, why don’t you ask them to confirm it.?

  6. Some marriages do fail. and when they do, it is futile for the courts to try to keep it intact when neither of the parties involved believe in it anymore.

    I believe that annulment would be the more “humane” solution for everybody, particularly the children. I have seen troubled marriages and more often than not, the children suffer as much, if not more, than the parents themselves.

    I myself came from a broken family. When it finally splitted apart, it came more of a relief… like saying, finally, we can move on, rather than dwell in a family environment with all the pain, deceit, anger going around.

    Take my case. Had my parents filed for annulment, and were denied, the marriage would still remain in tatters.

    Are the courts under the impression that when a petition is denied… the parties would say,… oh well! we got denied. We might as well get back together!!! that’s preposterous.

    We all know ARticle 36 is influenced by our strong Catholic background.

  7. shashavica, as parties to the case, you and your spouse will be informed as soon as the decision is out. in amy perez’s case, although it was the Supreme Court which denied her petition for annulment, as a matter of procedure, she and her spouse were informed previously when the lower court handed down the decision.if what you meant to ask is, will you be informed of the nature of the decision before it is released, the answer is no.

  8. Hello,

    I am looking for petition for nullity of marriage and am at a loss as to where to begin. I’m guessing the best way to start is to find a good, reliable, and most importantly, affordable lawyer. Can you please refer someone I can consult with? Seeing as your in-laws have been successful in getting their annulments.

    I look forward to your reply.

  9. hello,

    gusto ko kasing magapply ng annulment,anyway pinagusapan na namin ng wife ko ang tungkol dito,baka naman may kakilala kyong lawyer na pwede kong mapag-
    tanungan tungkol sa annulment,gusto ko kasing malaman kung anong ground ang pwede kong gamitin sa pagapply ng annulment.thank’s!!

  10. marriage is bullshit..i need 2 get an annulment too..my wife is such a bitch.. konsumo ng bayan..leche..

  11. There are many things going wrong in this country and not allowing a sensible marriage dissolution procedure by legislature is the very reason why many marriages are failing. In no time at all, people will find it more realistic if they just cohabit without the hang-ups of being tied down in a possible future unhappy ending. Kids are seeing and living it nowadays, we are not going to take chance in marriage ever. Marriage will self-expire as people unlearn how to sacrifice or give unconditional love. Thanks to these courts we will learn how to technically avoid this license to slavery (marriage) by just, you know, being cohabiting single. When I grow up, I will lobby for a marriage – free Philippines.
    Enough of that wedding gowns and entourage romanticism, life is not wedding day, its the married life that counts.

    Imagine how healthy kids will be without it. That hypocritical shackle of an unhappy marriage must end.

    This is not for those who have find a happy married life, which by all means, should marry for the good side of it.

  12. China guy:

    Collusion with your wife regarding your plans to annul your marriage will garner instant denial from the courts-dahil kumbaga pinaiikot nyo lang yung court sa nais ninyo. Parang sabwatan-which will be denied. Parang di totoong away ang sasabihin nitong korte.

  13. I want to file for an annulment, the problem is Im am working abroad. I want to seek for legal advices about it but at this point I don’t know who to turn to. Marriage for me was the last straw to make the relationship work but it didn’t turned out the way i hoped them to be. Now, I am stuck in this marriage that I had doubts of getting into in the first place. Can you refer for me lawyers handling annulment cases. Please, I want to have peace of mind.

    • hi!

      you need to ask for at least somebody like your trusted relative
      to get a lawyer for you. he will send you petition papers, as what they call it. you need to sign that and scan it back to your lawyer.
      that will take care of it.

  14. Please I really need help as well. I get physical and verbal abuses from my husband and we quarrel a lot. I want to free my three little daughters from this kind of environment. I am just an ordinary employee and is the bread winner of the family. Can you please refer me to a good lawyer and whose charging rate is relatively low for an annulment procedure? Please, please. Thank you very much.

  15. I am sorry. I don’t know of an annulment lawyer.

  16. kasal ako for 14 yrs,d nko masaya s asawa ko at gusto ko ng magpkasal s bgo kong bf n taga usa.s simula p lng ng pagsasama nmin,d ako maligaya s sexual activities nmin,pero na blessed p ri kmi ng 3 sons.im always left behind during sexual intercourse at natuto akong gumawa ng sarili kong paraan para lang “makaraos”.walang bisyo ang husband ko at ito lng ang tangi kong ground n nakikita sa knya,ang kakulangan nya s sexual activities nmin,masasabi po bng ground ito kung d ka maligaya sa knya??
    specially with sex???

    • hi natasha!

      hope you’ve read my email there regarding my friends’ case..
      could you quote the amount that would cost you if you’ll be the one to file the annulment?..my friend wants to know it for him to prepare for it.

      thanx!

    • hi natasha!..

      Dont know if you’ve read my email there regarding my friends’ case, now he wants to know how much would you spend if you’ll be the one to file the annulment.

      Could you please give us a quote of the amount that he’ll be spending out for him to prepare.

      Thanks a lot!

    • hello po sa lahat and to you natasha,

      just want to ask po kung talagang maasahan ang morelaw50@hotmail,com? kasi po hindi ko kasi kilala, tapos ang pera ko talagang pinaghihirapan ko pong ipunin para lang ma annul na ako.
      pls lang po paki sagot ako or kung sino man naka kilala sa law firm na yan. maraming salamat po.

      zj

      • twisted_angel on Sunday, November 29, 2009 at 5:42 pm said:

        hi zj… i understand that you are quite hesitant about this. when i read the post of natasha i sent him a message immediately. Since i am based abroad i asked my mother to arrange to meet up with him to make the payments He even told my mom that I was very trusting and that I am very lucky that he is legit. My annulment case was filed May of 2008 and I got the final decision September of the same year. Medyo natagalan lang sa pag uupdate sa NSO. Medyo mahal nga lang siyang sumingil but he can guarantee for you the decision… that’s was my first question for him and when he said yes I went for it. Good luck on your case.

        • thank you so much twisted_angel. im calm now. good thing nahanap ko tong blog na to, at may natanungan ako. merry christmas to all and a happy new year.

          zj

        • hello twisted angel. i just want to ask how much did the lawyer charge you? thanks.

        • This was his rate way back 2008 i am just not sure if this is still the same…it was a hefty amount of 175k plus 20k for the psychological test… but it’s all worth it ;) at least i got the peace i’ve always wanted.

        • hello zj,

          did you ever pursue your annulment case and what happened to it? would appreciate your response as i am intending to file for annulment as well.

          gusto ko lng pong malaman kung talagang totoo ba ito kase katulad nga ng sinabi mo mahirap kitain ang pero dugo at pawis. salamat po!

          thanks, baby G

        • when we get married of my husbband its only my lola who convince me. but we only stay in one room for one year no kids no property did you my annulment will be granted?

        • hi twisted angel… after ng last hearing, gaano ba katagal ilabas ung decision. kase ung last hearing namin ay oct 5, un dapat ung sa side ko pero di na ako nag-appear. ung ex ko naman kase ang nagfile. taz ung sa nso, gaano katagal din un?

      • im just wondering zj kung successful b ang annulment mo sa morelaw50? i really want to know please. tnx.

  17. Hello Natasha,

    I have been through with my 3 and final hearing from me, my witness and my psychologist. Now, the court had called my husband for his testimony next month. I am curious, did you appear when the court called your husband? Did your lawyer run the papers after decision as part of the package, from the returns to the finality and the decree? Thanks

  18. My husband did not appear. But I suggest that you be present in Court when your husband testifies so that you will hear what he will have to say against you. Also, you will observe his demeanor.

    My lawyer did everything. From following up the finality of the decision and in the registration with the Local Civil Registrar and finally with the NSO.

    Good Luck!

  19. I am presently working abroad.Storyang maayos na ina at asawa na niloko ng asawa.eto nagpapakahirap sa abroad,nagpapaalila sa ibang bansa just to meet the soaring high prices of the basic necessity sa pinas. Gusto ko sanang magpa annulled,but to ever think of how much it would cost me, wag na lang. But sana magbago na ang mentality nating mga pinoy . maisip naman sana na may mga common tao din na gusto ring magpa annulled ng kasal.napakahirap matali sa isang taong ni hindi alam ang salitang responsibility at good parenting. I wish!!!! mas masakit sa mga kids ko na nambababae ang asawa ko habang hirap ako dito abroad.Please paano naman kami na OFW na ganito ang sitwasyon.Bayani daw!???

    • hi wawa.. same case pala tayo.. sana madinig tayo ng malacanang..=)

    • Kasi dito sa pinas kahit criminal ka pag may pera ka ayos lang puede mong baliktarin ang mundo yun walang hiya kong mister, nangakong di nya daw pababayaan ang mga anak namin at halos ipagtulakan nya akong mag DH sa abroad nag utang pa ng pera para pamasahi sa manila kasi akala nya makakatanggap na sya ng dollars mula sa akin, at nun na nagtambay ako sa agency ng matagal di rin siya nagtagal iniwan nya ang mga anak ko sa nanay ko ako ang nag supporta hanggang naka graduate sa college 20 years kung pinasan ngayon may pamilya na ang gago at kasal pa ngayon ako pa ang gagastus sa annulment?kailangan kong alisin ang pangalan niya sa akin dahil baka ano pa ang mangyari sa gago ako ma envolve pa ako.

      etong naman mga attorney masisiba sa pera kukunin lang nila pera mo tapos kung di mo tawagan di mo malaman ang development ng case mo promise katakot takot kasi kala nila sila lang ang may alam sa batas may internet na kaya? anybody can research di bah?

  20. hi! i’ve been separated (not legally) for 11yrs now … my husband cheated on me, he’s an alcoholic , constant liar and a lot more but i know these are not grounds for annulment. he doesnt support us , we have 3 beautiful children, i worked hard to send my 2kids to college.

    now, i feel so weak and kindla sickling … im afraid i cant work anymore. can’t find their father not even his relatives don’t know of his whereabouts or just simply hiding him.

    i’ve been dying to file for annulment for the past 10yrs now but since im supporting my kids , i’ve no extra money anymore.

    question is , can i just file for presumptive death of the absent spouse? what are the things i need to do first? please help me! thank you

  21. hi!anyone out there to help my friend. He and the girl he got pregnant to got married at the age of 17 with their parents consent eventhough he doesnt want to get married at that time. They just get together for 1 year because he sent the girl to abroad. There the girl find someone else and went to that guy she knew. Both my friend and her ex wife is in abroad now in different countries.

    My friend wants to file for an annulment but he doesn’t know how to since both of them are out of the country. Can annulment be worked on if both parties are not here but marriage was conducted here in the Phils. if so how?..

    thanx..

  22. hi.. im 28 now and was married when i was 19 but that is because i was pregnant.. i dont want to be tied up supose but the guy’s parents insisted.. after a year of that marriage we separated and i went home with my son to my parents house..
    abyways we were talking about the annulment of the marriage because he has a new one now and its been 9 years already that we are separated (not legally) and we want to move on with our lives.. he asked me to seek for advise about this on what grounds will it be and all that.. can i be advised? :-)

  23. hi jam!:)

    thanx for the advice, i’ll tell my friend of that..i hope everything would work on smoothly..

    thanx:)

  24. jessica fernandez on Sunday, September 07, 2008 at 5:30 pm said:

    hi! i would like to ask,can annulment be worked on if one party is in the canada, & my husband is in the phils,but our marriage was conducted in the phils? can i file my annulment here in canada? thanx

  25. when i first met my husband he’s been telling me that they are rich, he can get what he wants, & have alot of properties. inspite of that i doesn’t matter to me, all i know is we are in-love with each other i was 18 years old at that time. as time pass, whenever i talk to my classmates w/c are in opposite sex, he always get angry & always telling me that he will commit suicide if i left him, i was so afraid but at the same time flattered to find out that he can’t leave w/out me. its always been the same scenario in 2years. his family dont like me bcoz we came from a poor family & they want they’re son to get marry an heridera, which i found out that the girl is just 9 years old & my boyfriend is 22. i wasn’t aware that, but whenever i try to break up w/him, he always attempt suicide or harassing me like he will not want me to go home or get him self killed in the road by a car. i did finish my studies bcoz of what he is doing in school, i was so embarass of what he did, esp. infront of my family & friends. we got married Nov.2003 i was 19 years old, my husband & i been bf & gf for 2years, then forcefully get married bcoz of our religion (iglesia ni cristo) & bcoz i was found pregnant. i was really confused at that time to pursue the wedding bcoz i dont want to get married just bcoz i’m pregnant & bcoz we are an iglesia ni cristo member. her sisters & mother did not attend the wedding, that my family & relatives been wondering. after the wedding i found out that i am not pregnant, i’m just carrying a molar pregnancy or what they call UBAS-UBAS, there is no baby inside my womb, & been to the hospital for Raspa, he wasn/t there for me to take care of, its just my friend & my father, his family did.t even visited me in the hospital. he’s been dating a lot of girls from the beer house, been rumored to be homosexual & every time that we argue about his girls, he accused me of committing adultery w/ is not true. & he is irresponsible, he have no work & just steal money from his parents to buy things that he personally wants. he don’t even care on what are my needs. he always asks his mom regarding any of his decisions. my friends testified that he & my friend are having a relationship & already have a baby. AM I QUALIFIED TO GET AN ANNULMENT? thank you. i’ll appreciate so much for the reply. sorry for the words, i wasn’t able to finish my studies bcoz of my husband & my family has no capabilities to get me back to school now. sorry for the long story. pls. reply me with your opinion. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

  26. Let’s face it. There’s is a growing number of people who are seeking for annulment but having so many questions as to how or what’s the best way to do it or who is the best lawyer to hire? I had my annulment last 2006 due to bigamous marriage and fortunately, wala pa mashadong pakeme sa court rules and my ex never showed up in court that’s why i had the court’s finality in 3months. Now, I am planning to file for my 2nd annulment. Malas lang talaga ako sa asawa.With all the new rules that came up, parang napaka complikado na mag file. For me, it’s just simple, if things don’t work anymore, why prolong the agony? Let’s set aside the pride. I believe rules were made by men and it’s men who can also change them. I’ve been married with my 2nd husband for 10 years. The first year of marriage was ok but after that it went rocky. Money issues, infedelity, irresponsibility are the common grounds. I had enough so we separated physically. Now it has been 2.5 years. Mukang hiyang siya na walang responsibilidad sa mga bata at sa mga bills. Dahil sa akin lahat ang hirap but I don’t mind. It’s less painful kaysa magkasama kami sa bahay with the children at away lang ng away. The court never sees this everyday arguments thats why it’s easier for them to deny. I hope the court will be realistic and be practical with their decision. It’s kinda tormenting to be denied of annulment. Besides, kahit pa madeny ang annulment, di na rin naman magsasama ang mag-asawang hiwalay na. I remember what my dad said when he was still alive. Separation from marriage is a private matter. It only becomes public when you take it to court. Kaya naman most of the women now, nagtitiis na lang kaysa sa mag file coz of 2 reasons: its expensive and they feel the court will just dump the case later on. AND YES, DAPAT LANG MAY DIVORCE NA SA PINAS. TAYO NALANG ATA ANG BANSANG WALANG DIVORCE! LET’S ALL GET REAL. I wonder whatever happened to the divorce bill that was passed in congress? Nakalimutan na din ata.

  27. one_step_at_a_time on Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at 7:33 pm said:

    i have been married for 1 year and 4 months and my daughter is 2 years old. when i got married my husband was 20 and i was 25 since my husband was underage his father was the one who sign his consent. Since, my husband is young I’m 5 years older I am the one working for my family. I send him to school paid tuition , give baon and i am the one supporting for all the needs of our daughter. I feel like I am carrying a heavy burden because I am working for my family. My husband never exerted effort to work since he’s too dependent on me. The reason why I got married was because I am pregnant and my uncle who sent me to college wants me to get married in short my father’s side agreed to the marriage, since my parents are separated my mom never knows about this and will be furious of me if she knows it because he disapproves of my husband. And now, I am tired of all of this and I separated with my husband because I feel I don’t deserve this kind of burden and besides I don’t feel any love for him anymore. Of course, my baby will come with me since my husband have nothing to support my baby since he can’t even support himself. We always would quarrel on petty things since we have so many incompatibilities and our sexual life is not happy either I don’t feel anything when we do it no love at all. Now, I have a boyfriend and we want to get married and have a life of our own together with my daughter and he also wants to adopt my daughter as his own.

    What is the best ground that I can file for annulment and I know its expensive but how much does it normally cost and does it take so long?

    hoping for your reply. thanks and more power!

    • you have same marriage xperience of my friend,she have 3 kids, all the children was on her care.no supports frm. the father.as in nothing.im so proud of her coz despite of all she’s been through she never gived up.
      she saved money for annulment. she had a boyfriend now who wants to marry her and they are planning to migrate in canada,
      she filed annulment last june 2008 and last nov. 12 it was granted.
      if your interested email me i will refer u to my friend u can ask her about the process and how much it cost.
      as far as i know not more than 200k, she paid it in installment.

  28. Hell’o,

    My fiancee is need of an annulment. She has been separated from her husband for 5 years. Do you know of an affordable lawyer that would help us so that we can get married?

    Thank you!

    Steve

  29. steve i send you an email.

    GOD BLESS AND GOOD LUCK

    • Hello,

      My fiancee, like Mr. Lindsey’s is in need of an annulment. From what I understand, it will be an uncontested affair, and she has been separated from her husband for 11 years, with no children from the marriage.

      She currently resides in Sagay City, so, if you can recommend a good “skillful” lawyer in or around Sagay City or Bacolod City, I would deeply appreciate it.

      Salamat!

      DR

  30. confused girl on Friday, December 12, 2008 at 1:21 pm said:

    I just want to ask what’s the best thing to do with our marriage.. I was pregnant 9 years ago and it happened that the father of my child was in United States during that time and his family decided that we got married while he was in US and I was here in the Philippines because they want to give their surname to my child.. His family just fixed our marriage contracts to be registered in National Statistics Office.. It’s because they are related to the Mayor of their town that’s why they were able to produce a marriage certificate and registered at the NSO.. Bottom line…kinasal kami while he’s in US and I was here in the Phils.. Pinapadala lang through DHL ung certificate para pirmahan… My question is, “Is our marriage valid?” We are no longer in good terms and I want to stay single and unattached and take back my maiden name… What should I do? I’m really confused… Please help me answer my questions.. Thanks…

    • Hello Ms. confused girl,
      ” My question is, “Is our marriage valid?” – yes ur marriage is valid, naka record sa NSO eh, Hanap ka sis ng magaling na lawyer at mag pa file ka ng annulment para pwde mo change lahat ng documents mo to ur single name. Kaya lang un lang mahal bayad mag pa annul.

    • May I asked some questions? After the so called faked marriage did you and the guy lived together? did he came back and lived with you? or after that faked marriage he never came back?or if he id is it only every vacation? yours can be a ground for annullment if you do not lived as husband and wives from the start. your ground will be psychological incapacitated Under article 36 of the family code.

      Been there done that. I am annulled and back to my single status. Annullment really depends upon your lawyer and how well he/she does your petition. I noticed that like me some of you are confused about what ground you should use. It is upon your lawyer discretion Which means “nasa diskarte nya panu nya palalabasin ang grounds for annullment habang iniinterview nya kayo about your marriage” dun nya ipapasok ang grounds nyo. so if you think wala kayong sapat na grounds well your lawyer should be the one doing that steps for you. gaya ng sinasabi ko nga ” sa court alam naman natin nangyayari na me kasalanan na yun tao pero aacquit pa din so the same with annullment.

      • Hi,Mocha

        i just want to ask,as of your experienced on annulment pag katapos magkano ba ang babayaran sa filing ng petition at pag na file na, ilang buwan ba at mag aappear ka sa court?

        kasi, i am filing my annullment and i am planning to go back to work abroad pero kung makapaghintay pa ako hintayin ko na lang sayang and pamasahe pabalik just for trial if it takes time i will go and grab my job then balik na lang kung kailangan please give me rough time estimate i will appreciate if you can spare me a minute to reply thanks

    • twisted angel ;) on Friday, January 16, 2009 at 8:59 pm said:

      hi! since it’s registered in NSO it is valid and binding. Talk to a lawyer from PAO ( Public Attorney’s Office, their services are free) and ask them if you can use the way you got married as a ground for annulment. From what I can see your marriage is not valid from the beginning since there’s no marriage ceremony celebrated and you just merely signed the contract. Is he providing your child?

  31. hello i’m really in need of help….
    i was married almost 11 years ago, but it was never consumated… last time i saw him was aug 1998…. we never had communication at all and he never supports our child… i want to be free…. i know that there is a ground wherein after 7 years that no communication at all means the marriage is automatically not valid…. help! how can i avail this one? since we haven’t been in contact for almost 11 years now…

    is this really true???

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  32. Hi cutiebaby. annullment really depends on your lawyer capabilities and PR in court. I had my marriage annulled and it was granted. Email me and I can share my experiences with you. Regards

  33. i was pregnant when we get married but before the marriage i want to back out but my husband got angry because everything was prepared,now that we have 3 daughters i want to file an annulment because he was so irresponisble,he dont give support to our children and i was mentally and physically abuse, he always abandone us whenever there is a big problem that occur,and when i resolve the problem he will just come out again..Now i want to file an annulment because i fall out of love for him because of his attitude. I want to know the first step and how long it will take because i’m planning to go to another country and bring my children with me..Can u help me with it? How much it will cost?Can i bring my kids with me even without his consent?Thank you so much and please i need your response..

  34. HI! am new here, im having a prob, pls. help! my bf had final decision in court already due to bigamous marriage, its now null and void. Now, we have to get catholic annulment to be able to get married in church…..the problem is..i don’t know how long it will take again. Were frustrated already we wanted to get married this year in church as our priority. They got married in church kasi. If civil lang no problem.. Any info? suggestions? If we go for garden wedding? christian yon me effect be sa catholic church? bigamy pa din ba if we dont annul the church and go for catholic christian wedding?

  35. email me, i can refer you to good annulment lawyers

  36. i am from gabriela women’s party and we refiled the pinoy style divorce bill through rep. liza maza and luz ilagan this 14th congress. the bill hopes to institutionalize divorce as an option for individuals or couples, especially those in abusive or violent relationships. right now, a network to support the bill is being organized. if you want to join and support the bill, please contact joy solomon at 9316268 or through [email protected]. Many thanks!

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  37. hello everyone…

    i’m 4 years separated with my husband, with no support and all. i want to file an annullment but he is not here on the Philippines. last time I’ve heard nasa Greece nakadaong ung barkong sinasakyan niya. He is a seaman.. by the way. tanga siguro ako or ma-pride lang pero hindi ako naghabol ng allotment. Its either mother nia or yung mistress nia ang tumatanggap. I don’t care anyway. all i want is to get an annulment and i’m gonna use his inability to give us support kahit may trabaho siya as a ground.

    But how will i do it if he is not here???

    Please advice…. thanks..

  38. PLEASE HELP US !!!!! URGENT !!!!
    My fiancee in the Philippines is having trouble with the Australian embassy regarding her 2 children who disappeared with her former husband when he abandoned her in 1999.She already have a court order 6 months ago for presumptive death of her husband but no one knows the where about of the 2 children he took away when he abandoned her.The Australian embassy is asking the medical examinations for the 2 children before her fiancee visa can be granted even the children are not traveling with her.
    Regards:John

  39. i was married for almost 4 yrs now. i want to have my marriage annulled. my story is like this. i ended my marriage to my husband last yr because i felt that our marriage wont work anymore. he was possessive, verbally abusive. i woke up one day and realize that i dont love him anymore. we have a son, and now, he’s no longer supporting him. i had a boyfriend after that and i had my second child from him. although i have no plans of getting married again, i just want to end my marriage legally. i am working abroad and so is my husband. what are the things i need to prepare if i’ll file for annullment? what are the most common grounds i can use? since he’s no longer supporting our son, can i use this as a reason? and how? and also, i want to use my maiden name again and change my son’s last name also.

    pls dont think i want to end our marriage because i had a boyfriend before (we’re are no longer together, but we had a kid). my life with my husband was really never happy, the only good thing about it was he gave me a son. we got married simply because i got pregnant.

    thanks.

    regards,
    lec

  40. I am married for almost 4 yrs now but i am no longer living with my husband for almost two yrs. He’s no longer supporting our son. I want to get an annullment but i dont know where to start. What are the things that i need to prepare? I also want to use my maiden name again and at the same time change my child’s last name also.

    I am working abroad and i have no idea how i can start the process of the annullment. also, can you please suggest me an affordable lawyer? i heard that who ever filed it first will shoulder all the expenses.and since i really want to be annulled na and be away from my husband legally, i’ll save for it.

    Please help me…Thanks! and God bless…

    Regards,
    Lec

  41. Hi! I have been annulled in 2006 (I have the court papers with me), sadly our marraige didn’t last as we never also lived together. The good thing is that I have found someone now and we plan to get married (he’s a foreigner). How do I go about it, because they are asking for a certificate from the Civil registrar that you are really single (much like CENOMAR). Will the annullment also be reflected in NSO, or would they know if my previous marraige have been annulled so I can remarry?

    Thanks in advance for your advice.

  42. Hi! I married a married man in 1994. The marriage was never consummated since we did not live in together and acted as husbands and wife. My peititon for declaration of absolute nullity of marriage has been filed in court and I have found someone now, he’s a foreigner. Can my fiance apply for a fiancee visa just after the court’s decision on nullity is granted? and Is it true that the Philippine government if giving a long waiting period for a fiancee visa to be approved if it is filed right after my former marriage is declared null and void? Thank you and more power1

  43. Lilia Chalmers on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 11:31 am said:

    i am married to my present husband (british citizen) 2005 and had a 3 years old poging son. we were both working in abudhabi and living happily as a family then my husdand was offered a job back in UK and i have to go back to Philippines to get a settlement visa Naku! naloko na may nag appear na marriage contract 1983 my CENOMAR naman ako authenticated pa ng malacanang at DFA kaya kami na kasal sa abudhabi. declared not valid ang kasal ko kaya heto ako ngayon nag hihintay sa awa kawawa naman ang anak ko di pa kasi nawalay sa tatay mula pinanganak at yun asawa ko litong lito na.

    nag apply na ako ng annulment sa previous marriage ko but, i don’t know how long it will take di ko alam kong puedi akong mag apply ng kahit visit lang muna para madala ko ang anak ko sa tatay nya dual nationality yun anak ko.

    di ko na alam ang gagawin ko 5 months na kami dito i need advice and help

    • pede malaman paano ka nakakuha ng CENOMAR ? Saka bat ka nag apply na naman ng annulment kung meron ka na pala na CENOMAR. Matagal kasi ang annulment swerte ka na kung makuha mo ng isang taon lang ito. Kaya kung legal naman pala ang CENOMAR mo bat di na lang yun ang ipursige mo na patunayan na totoo para mas mabilis.

    • pede malaman paano ka nakakuha ng CENOMAR ? Saka bat ka nag apply na naman ng annulment kung meron ka na pala na CENOMAR. Matagal kasi ang annulment swerte ka na kung makuha mo ng isang taon lang ito. Kaya kung legal naman pala ang CENOMAR mo bat di na lang yun ang ipursige mo na patunayan na totoo para mas mabilis.

  44. I have filed annulment year and 3 months ago , still in progress!
    Ive been waiting for it.My ex husband isnt very cooperative. I need some advice when am i going to get it? I am paying it installment as well.

  45. i have been with my bf for almost 3 years now. the same year that he and her wife gor married and separated. ibig pong sabihin, mgmula ng kinasal sila hindi na sila ngsama. they only got married because my bf got the girl pregnant and at the same time he was told by the family of the girl that their daughter will not get my bf’s surname (parang tinakot po.) . they also always go to my bf’s place/house to force him to marry the girl eventhough for how many times that my bf said that he doesn’t want to get married to the girl but papanagutan nya yung responsibilities sa bata, meaning yung child support w/c his parents is doing because my bf is still currently studying. napilitan lang dahil sinabing hindi nila ibibigay yung apilyido nya sa anak nila and at the same time tlgang pinilit sya ng pamilya at kamag-anak ng girl. but at the time na kinasal sila hindi umuwi ang bf ko sa bhay ng wife nya. ngstay lang sya sa bahay nila, though the girl went there at the time that she gave birth but they were not sleeping in the same room. magmula pa nung nabuntis yung babae at kinasal sila they never sleep together. until now we are still together and at the same time they are no longer living in the same roof matagal na magmula nung napansin ng girl na hindi tlga sila mgkakasundo ng bf ko and at the same time she also feels na hindi nadin sya welcome sa bahay ng asawa nya (guy), until now inaamin ng bf ko na galit na galit sya sa wife nya dahil pinwersa syang mgpakasal kahit na sinabi nya ng ilang beses na ayaw nya tlga, nataong nadala sa pilitan. does my bf have any grounds of filing an unnulment or do we have to wait 7 years for their marriege to be null o walang bisa???

  46. Hi to all, Please help me on how to proceed to an annulment. I want file a case & an annulment to my husband who abandoned me and my 2 childrens.We got married in 1982, but got separated (not legally) in 1994 when i left to worked abroad dahil sa kahirapan. Unfortunately, i also got a son who is retarded that needs medical support and responsibility also to my daughter. Thanks with the help of my sister in the Philippines who take care of them, until now magisa pa rin ako na naghahanap buhay.
    More than 14 years na kaming di nagkikita ng husband ko. He has 4 kids with his another wife. Nalaman ko lang lahat dahil sa kapatid at parents ko na i was totally cheated.
    Please give me an advise..do i need to file a case against my husband? How will i find out if he was married again somewhere? Also, how much will it cost to file an annulment? Meron po bang lawyer na tutulong sa akin na di ako magbabayad ng mahal at puwede ang installment basis na hindi madedelay ang process? Hope anyone here can share me about the experience. Di ko kasi kayang magbayad ng malaki dahil may anak akong pinapagamot.
    I just want my freedom back. if ever i will get married again at least naayos ko na ang papers ko kung sakaling may dadating na tamang lalaki sa akin..Please guide me.

    God bless,
    Jazz

  47. hi everyone! pls. I just need some advice. I am an OFW before, there I met my bf but unfortunately he is a married man. Before I wanted to end my rel. with him because of his being married, but he said there marriage is “sa papel lang” coz he dont have anymore affection to his wife and he promised me that he will going to file an annulment, by the way they have 2 kids. Because I love him so much, so I trust him,we had a great time, being in love with each other until the time that he took his vacation to philippines and his wife found out about us and began texting me. There I knew that he did not take actions on filing an annulment. There, his wife and her friends started harassing me thru email, friendster, text,etc. I’m so depressed that time, I’m so angry with my bf because he lied to me that’s why I break up with him. He started calling me, he told me that he and his wife agreed to get an annulment but his wife wanted to be the one to file it, at first I did not believe him until his wife call me, she said that she is with her lawyerat that moment and that he will file the annulment and after that he will file a bigamy case for both of us. Again, I got depressed that time but despite of that I gave my bf another chance. Now, my question is, its been a year now but they haven’t filed that annulment, my bf told me that they are still preparing the documents needed for filing so that everything will go smooth. I really have a doubt on that, what if “pinapaasa lang kami ng wife nya.” I really don’t know what to do, I love him so much but I’m not willing to be his “kabit” for the rest of my life. And I don’t want to have a baby with him without being married first. PLEASE HELP ME! Thank you so much

  48. helllo,
    mahigit liman taon na kaming civil ng asawa ko pero di siya tagarito sa pinas,di na siya nagsusuport sa amin ng dalawa naming anak,puwede ba akong magfile nang annulment,?please help me kung sinong makakatulong sa akin,kasi nag iisa lang akong nghahanapbuhay para sa amin nang dalawa kung anak maliliit pa,minsan umaasa pa ako sa mga magulang ko minsan pag gipit talaga

    • lyn,

      anong ibig mong sabihin na di tagarito ang asawa mo? foreigner ba? o immigrant?. kailangan mong mag karoon ng ground kung gusto mong mag pa annul ng marriage. ang abandon of family ay di sapat na ground kailangan mong may ugat o dahilan kung bakit nya ginawa yun. maraming ground may psychological incapacited.kung gusto mo mag research ka tungkol sa annulment in philippines doon mo malalaman lahat lahat.

      puede kang mag file kung mayroon kang ground at kung may lawyer ka,siya ang mag sasabi sa yo kung anong ground ang gagamitin mo according to your kuwento. and take note it will be very costly. you have to pay acceptance fee, filing fee, attorney fee, documentation fee and sa case mo dahil di taga rito ang husband mo it will cost you a lot. believe me i am on a middle of one. i got 2 kids as well but, i plan so, think twice, think about the money that you can use for your children’d future. in stead of using it for irresponsible man. my advice is unahin mo muna ang mga anak mo. dahil gagagastos ka sa filing ng annulment na you are not sure kung ma grant o hindi. ang pera mong ginastos di na maiibabalik.

  49. i filled my annulment early part this year. so far nka 3 hearing n ko nd waiting n lang ng decision. Ganu po b ktagal mg antay nun?

    • hi.. almost pareho tayo sis.. for decision na din ang annulment nmin ngayon.. yung asawa ko ang file kasi nasa ibang bansa ako, march 2009 pa inasikaso ng lawyer yung petition pati yung report ng doctor tapos july 2009 nakadalawang hearing lang kasi wala naman ako appearance, this month lang yung last hearing.. anu na nagyari sa case mo?

      ganu katagal kaya ang ipaghihintay para lumabas yung decision..

    • hi donna… waiting na rin lang kami sa decision. ung psychologist testimony ay nung sept 7, taz ung hearing for me ay nung oct 5. since ung ex ko nag-file, di na ako nag-appear pa. so decision na rin lang ang iniitay namin. gaano ba katagal un?

  50. pano p kaya yan cousin ko may concen dito…..

    yung bf niya now na koreano may napakasalan na plang pilipina b4 dito sa pinas pero di ri sila nagtagal ng napakasalan niya kasi may anak na dalawa ung pinay sa ka-live in niya na pilipino rin …..at ngayn napagkasunduan nila ng koreano na mag-divorce nalang sa korea at mali pa spelling ng surname ng girl…parang sinsadya niya yon na maliin…at dito sa pinas kahit hiwalay na sila pero still married pa din sila kasi la divorce here at isa pa di pa nilalakad annulment…pano po ba yan?

    from a concerned cousin…

  51. ano po ba magiging kaso ng cousin ko ung kinasama niya now na korean may pinakasalang pinay pero divorce na sila sa korea pero d2 sa pinas di pa sila annuled…thanks…please reply asap!

  52. my partner and I were living together for 5 years now… and he was separated from his wife for almost 12 years, his wife also had kids.
    They were separated because when he got home from abroad his wife had another man and had already kids.. now, he is planning to file for annulment but cost for annulment is quite too expensive… please if you know public attorney who can handle his case pls help us… we want to make things legal for our children. or… if you have attorney who charge reasonable cost … tnx..

  53. pls reply to my queries tnx….

  54. i filed my annulment last march 09, and got a investigation hearing last sept 09. i went out of the country. and 2009 is almost finish and i did’nt hear anything from my lawyer yet. all i hear from him the last time i called “pasko ko” anybody have any idea how long this will take? i am waiting for my trial hearing and i am ready to go back home only for this. please advice i am getting inpatience with this.

  55. Hi…I got married to a foriegner here in Cebu in Civil en we got separated 8yrs ago…en now he’s married again to other filipina here in Cebu…how could that be possible that we were not annuled yet…can I get married too to other filipino in the church??? Coz my partner en I have a plan of getting married in the church sometimes this year. We can get married in the church coz it doesnt need our Cenomar.
    Well my ex-husband lives in Holland with his wife en daughter.
    Pls give me an advice…what to do…should I get married with my filipino partner??? Thanks so0o much en God bless!!!

  56. Hi…I got married to a foriegner here in Cebu in Civil en we got separated 8yrs ago…en now he’s married again to other filipina here in Cebu…how could that be possible that we were not annuled yet…can I get married too to other filipino in the church??? Coz my partner en I have a plan of getting married in the church sometimes this year. We can get married in the church coz it doesnt need our Cenomar. Well my ex-husband lives in Holland with his wife en daughter. Pls give me an advice…what to do…should I get married with my filipino partner??? Thanks so0o much en God bless!!!

    Read more: http://aboutmyrecovery.com/2006/07/25/annulment-in-the-philippines/#ixzz0btXmAYGg

  57. I got my annulment quite fast, my ex filed it last 2008 but it was denied at first, so he went to a difft court and refile there and it only took him few months to get the final decision, well he paid almost to the amount of P200,000.00 but this time he puts the blame on me on the marriage, plus we were 20 and 19 when we got married, so he had 2 faults there, i didnt show up in the court, bec they said if i will show up, it will be a long process, he didnt ask for share of child custody, all mine, he just made false accusation about me that im a party girl etc. so that it will be granted, i just came to know the final decision recently but it was originally filed 2008 then in few months was granted (jan 2009).
    I know it is very difficult to file for annulment esp. if you got married as an adult, but if u and ur husband has not been seeing each other for years, it will be a lot easier to be granted, all u need to do is get a cheap and maybe a lawyer that u know very well, and u have to make sure that the court where u will file is not a busy court, otherwise it will take u YEARS to be granted. GOOD LUCK to those who file already!
    To those who wants to get married again in PHILIPPINES — think about it 100 times, it’s easy to get married but so hard to annul. sometimes it’s a lot easier to get married outside philippines bec of DIVORCE!

    • @andrea
      buti ka pa..ako waiting for decision pa yung annulemnt ko. nasa abroad kasi ako so yung ex ko ang nagapply and ako na yung sinisi para kasi hindi din namam ako makakaattend dahil im working abroad nga. nafile yung petition sa court nung july 2009, tapos natapos ang hearings nung feb 2010. ngayon waiting for decision kami.. sana nga magrant..

    • hi andrea,

      Id like to ask nong lumabas ang decision aside that my natanggap ka bang letter of finality? kasi ang pag kakaalam ko kung sino man ang nag file yon lang ang may copy ng letter of finality tapos yong sa atin lang is yong decision letter.

      nakakuha na ka ba ng nso? may nakalagay na ba na null and void?

    • hi andrea

      Id like to ask nong lumabas ang decision aside that my natanggap ka bang letter of finality? kasi ang pag kakaalam ko kung sino man ang nag file yon lang ang may copy ng letter of finality tapos yong sa atin lang is yong decision letter. nakakuha na ka ba ng nso? may nakalagay na ba na null and void?

    • Id like to ask nong lumabas ang decision aside that my natanggap ka bang letter of finality? kasi ang pag kakaalam ko kung sino man ang nag file yon lang ang may copy ng letter of finality tapos yong sa atin lang is yong decision letter. nakakuha na ka ba ng nso? may nakalagay na ba na null and void?

    • Hi Andrea,

      Congrats..It was good to know na na grant din sa wakas ang annulment mo. Hopefully, you are still reading this forum even thought maayos na ang status mo..kasi po tulad ko, i wrote here on 2009-07-18 at naghihintay pa rin till now ng mga sagot sa mga readers natin na may experience na sa mga ganitong problema.
      I will really appreciate kung matutulungan po ninyo ako or anyone here who can guide and advice me regarding annulment.
      Matagal na kaming hiwalay ng mister ko (more than 15 years) at may mga anak na rin sya sa 2nd family niya. Puwede ko bang malaman kung sino ang lawyer mo at magkano ang nagastos mo sa process ng annulment? Puwede ko rin po ba syang ma contact to know the details and procedure? Wish ko lang po sana ay matulungan ninyo ako and to get the peace of mind i always wanted.

      Regards,
      Jazz

    • hi andrea… just hope na you’re still reading this forum. just want to ask, as per the lawyer of my ex, last hearing daw was oct 5. (to hear my side, pero di na ako umatend). ang tagal nung sa amin, jan 2010 pa xa nagfile, sabi nung lawyer dati 6 months lang taz ngayon ang promise naman ngayon eh bago daw mag christmas. ganno ba katagal talaga bago lumabas ung decision after the last hearing.

    • hey Andrea I’m planning to get annulment too. can you refer me to your lawyer? i just want it fast and easy. I’m not with anyone or have any plans to get married again but i want my name back. Gusto ko lang un sure.. i’ve been reading a lot of testimony na niloko sila ng lawyer nila.

  58. Let’s hope for the best, ano ba ang reason ng asawa mo kya cia nagfile? depende pa rin yan sa reason kc, anong age ka ng ikasal ka? kc malaking factor din yan, kc kami i was 20, ex ko was 19 kya ang finile nia Declaration of Nullity, kya ng na-annul ang kasal ko, sabi sa papers, it never happened daw, kya masaya ako sa results thou ako ang naging bad sa annulment kc pag ako ang nagfile makukulong cia, for having an affair, kya pinayagan ko na cia na ang magfile, naggrant sa min ng mabilis dahil sa province cia nagfile, well, maga-grant din nmn cguro ung sa u, ilang years na ba kau hiwalay? bsta wala kau masydo properties at maraming anak, d tatagal ang grant jan.
    it feels good when ur single again!!! :)

    andrea

    • @andrea

      hi. bali nabuntis nya lang kasi ako kaya kami nagpakasal pareho ata kming 21 non pero hindi kami nagsama na tumira sa bahay.basta nagpakasal lang, simula non hindi na kami nagkita. ako na lang yung pinasama sa petition, na napilitan lang ako magpakasal sa kanya at hindi ako pumayag na magsama kami sa bahay. pero ang totoo sya yun me ayaw hindi ako. pero para mapabilis nga daw ganun ang ginawa.

  59. shiela ybanez on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 11:22 pm said:

    Dear Atty.
    Good evening , I read some of the forums here and it gives inspire to email you hoping na you can give me some pieces of advice.
    I am from Cebu 30 years I have a live in partner for almost 3 years kaso lang he is a married man but separate na po sila infact nag file na ng annulment ang girl last dec.2007 the last letter we received was intitled DECISION stating that the marriage was null and void last nov. 2009 na received namin yon.
    Were planning to get married we thought na yon na yon so nagpunta kami sa city health to get some list of requirements para sa kasal kaya lang po hinahanap nila yong letter of finality as well as sa NSO.
    My question is
    1. kailangan pa po ba talaga ang letter of finality bago kami makasal? Hindi pa ba sapat yong decision letter.
    2. If yes san ho ba pweding makuha yon
    Wala ho kasing communication ang ex wife nya at ang bf ko, wala ho rin kaming alam dyan kasi yong girl lang talaga ang nag file ng annulment. At higit sa lahat wla ho kasi kaming enough fund para do’n,
    Pls atty. I need your help any suggestion po. I hope to your hear from you very soon.
    Sincerely yours,
    sheila

  60. shiela ybanez on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 11:27 pm said:

    Dear Atty.
    Good day, I read some of the forums here and it gives inspire to email you hoping na you can give me some pieces of advice.
    I am from Cebu 30 years I have a live in partner for almost 3 years kaso lang he is a married man but separate na po sila infact nag file na ng annulment ang girl last dec.2007 the last letter we received was intitled DECISION stating that the marriage was null and void last nov. 2009 na received namin yon.
    Were planning to get married we thought na yon na yon so nagpunta kami sa city health to get some list of requirements para sa kasal kaya lang po hinahanap nila yong letter of finality as well as sa NSO.
    My question is
    1. kailangan pa po ba talaga ang letter of finality bago kami makasal? Hindi pa ba sapat yong decision letter.
    2. If yes san ho ba pweding makuha yon
    Wala ho kasing communication ang ex wife nya at ang bf ko, wala ho rin kaming alam dyan kasi yong girl lang talaga ang nag file ng annulment. At higit sa lahat wla ho kasi kaming enough fund para do’n,
    Pls atty. I need your help any suggestion po. I hope to your hear from you very soon.
    Sincerely yours,
    sheila

  61. Sec. 19. Decision.-(1) If the court renders a decision granting the petition, it shall declare therein that the decree of absolute nullity or decree of annulment shall be issued by the court only after compliance with Articles 50 and 51 of the Family Code as implemented under the Rule on Liquidation, Partition and Distribution of Properties.

    (2) The parties, including the Solicitor General and the public prosecutor, shall be served with copies of the decision personally or by registered mail. If the respondent summoned by publication failed to appear in the action, the dispositive part of the decision shall be published once in a newspaper of general circulation.

    (3) The decision becomes final upon the expiration of fifteen days from notice to the parties. Entry of judgment shall be made if no motion for reconsideration or new trial, or appeal is filed by any of the parties, the public prosecutor, or the Solicitor General.

    (4) Upon the finality of the decision, the court shall forthwith issue the corresponding decree if the parties have no properties.

    If the parties have properties, the court shall observe the procedure prescribed in Section 21 of this Rule.

    The entry of judgment shall be registered in the Civil Registry where the marriage was recorded and in the Civil Registry where the Family Court granting the petition for declaration of absolute nullity or annulment of marriage is located.

  62. Sec. 22. Issuance of Decree of Declaration of Absolute Nullity or Annulment of Marriage.-(a) The court shall issue the Decree after:

    Registration of the entry of judgment granting the petition for declaration of nullity or annulment of marriage in the Civil Registry where the marriage was celebrated and in the Civil Registry of the place where the Family Court is located;
    Registration of the approved partition and distribution of the properties of the spouses, in the proper Register of Deeds where the real properties are located; and
    The delivery of the children’s presumptive legitimes in cash, property, or sound securities.
    (b) The court shall quote in the Decree the dispositive portion of the judgment entered and attach to the Decree the approved deed of partition.

    Except in the case of children under Articles 36 and 53 of the Family Code, the court shall order the Local Civil Registrar to issue an amended birth certificate indicating the new civil status of the children affected.

  63. Pag d pa rin clear sa u, i advice u to see a lawyer for consultation, it wont cost u that much, i think mga P100 lang just to ask how to get the NSO paper with the marriage certificate as NULL/Void. Remember you can never get a Singleness in NSO, it will always appear that the marraige was already VOID. But they will consider that as being single if u wanna get married. :)

  64. Hi Ms Sheila,
    Actually I wasnt informed when the annulment was granted, I didnt even receive any letter from the Court, they kept it a secret to me due to my ex’s extramarital affairs, so when my mom got to see him somewhere she asked about it and he gave all the documents to her including the letter of finality. I received NSO photocopy only so my dad went to NSO to get an original copy stated that the marriage is NULL and void, so I can go ahead and change my last name on my passport since Im working in the US, I need to update my last name for immigration purposes.
    I advice you to go ahead in the court where the annulment was done and ask for the copy of letter of finality, they will definitely give it to your bf, just tell them it was lost (letter of finality alam ko cleared na yan sa solicitor general and civil registrar). Your Bf’s ex definitely COMPLETED everything already, she wont pay for an annulment and not fix it til the end, so I advice you to get a copy of finality in court, then check with the civil registrar where they got married then you can submit everything (photocopy) to NSO when u apply to get a marriage certificate that was voided already, I think he needs to show the original/ at least certified true copy, anyway, NSO has a copy of their VOIDED marriage certificate, then you can present it if you wanna get married. You can never get a SINGLENESS from NSO, they will only issue VOIDED marriage certificate (it is considered as singleness).

    hope this helps!

  65. Being trapped for 18 years (1992-present) as single parent but status married, I hate our laws, as a woman, as a wife, having been abused. I was a battered wife for four years until i decided to run away for my life. My home is not safe anymore, my basic right to life was violated for four years (1988-1992) by someone supposed to protect me. Annulment law is a milking cow for lawyers, a law only for the elite, a privilege to those who can afford, a law for sale, another human rights violation. For those battered women who cant afford, the law shouts for you to wait for death, no escape, we are doomed.
    Being battered and unprotected is one thing I hate being born Filipina. I was already scammed and I cannot even appeal cause 15 days has lapsed. Money cannot be made in 15 days for a single parent with two children whose education is priority. Decision notice did not even warn me I have to beat 15 days. The judge found my batterer psychologically stable after receiving numerous crazy hand written letters as responses to court summons that they even made a comical reading at their office. There was no mention they received those letters in the decision. Expert already certified the incapacity, still the court supposed to be expert on the law decided to be expert on psychiatry instead. After spending all my hard earned savings depriving my children of something more, the court suggests to just legalize my already 19 years of “illegal separation” single parenthood not supported. One thing is clear, you cannot be annulled if you don’t agree to be annulled contrary to court requirement that there is no connivance of the parties. I think if you don’t pay grease money, you belong to the statistics of denied, by paying, your statistic is among those granted. Hypocrisy of the catholic church! Lawyers too need cases to earn and annulment is very lucrative. You cannot get help from PAO for they will tell you those who want annulment have money to spend go get private lawyers. See? It is a conspiracy of the catholic church, lawyers, judges, experts, at the expense of suffering expendable Filipino women. No wonder Filipino women are not honored here and abroad, we are looked down because our government doesn’t care even for our basic human rights – right to life and freedom.
    I urge women to unite and let our voice be heard. I wish someone will represent battered women to get protection, justice and respect. There is no other way but equal access to this annulment law. It is our right, it is not a privilege of just a few that some even get multiple annulments, being in and out of marriages in a few years. If it is a whim for some, it is a necessity for battered women to have life, to avoid ending up maimed, dead, or just gave up and be a mental case. We need to make our stand, bang doors. For those of us who have access here, feel fortunate cause there are a lot of women out there who are in a weaker position, who have no choice but stay battered wife for life. Only in the Philippines!

    • Hi ako rin po ay my kasong annulment I filed mine 2008 until now it was not done yet cause of postponed. I hope mine well get done already. I have one son with my ex and he was working as a seaman I have no support , I am the one who file the case I just hope this will get done so I can face the reality of my life and for my son too.

      • hi augie,
        2008 pa kamo ka nagfile… ang tagal nga ah… na-grant na ba ung annulment mo? just want, pag sinabi bang decision na lang ang iniintay, gaano katagal bago ma-grant un?

        • Yeah it was last 2008 and just got done the hearing last October 5, 2010 so now I am just waiting for the decision .. Hope it will come out soon, we have no property and I have only one kid . So wish all the best for us.. For what I know it takes 30 days to wait for the decision 15 days for the decision and 15 days for the finality of judgement.

        • hi augie. ung sa amin, ex ko ang nagfile noong jan this year. taz nung oct. 5 din ung last hearing. wala kaming property and wala ring anak na paghahatian. di naman kase kami nagsama. so sana as soon as possible ma-grant na rin ung sa amin. same as yours. saan ka bang court nag-file, ung sa amin sa pasay eh.

        • hi augie. musta na ang status ng annulment nyo? eh sa amin, wala pa ring decision…hay.., ang tagal …

        • Hi dn, ganun din sa akn nakakairita nga e kc wla pa rn decision still waiting here. I hope matapos na . Sana man lng my timeline yung annulment para d tayo mahirapan .Lahat ng ito kapalit lahat pera. Hindi nila alam na behind na tayo with all this happen to us. Hay ang hirap talaga dito sa atin. Sana man lng mgkaroon na ng hustisya. Hope the best for us.

        • Hi dn yung sa akin ganun rn still waiting the decision wla pa rn. Nakaiirita nga . D nila iniisip kalagayan ng isang tao na na trap in almost 3 years na. Mahirap talag d2 sa atin sana man lng my timeline yung annulment para fair lahat ngbabayad naman tayo sa mga taong my hawak. Nakakainis talaga. Hope things will be ok sa lahat..

        • Hi Nic, Merry Xmas to you. Musta na yung annulment mo? my decision kna bang na recieve.. Me e2 still waiting pa rin. I still don’t understand why it takes too long for the decision..

        • Hi Nic, Merry Xmas to you. Musta na yung annulment mo? my decision kna bang na recieve.. Me e2 still waiting pa rin. I still don’t understand why it takes too long for the decision..

  66. hi. I was married with my husband more than 2 yrs ago. He’s a widowed and I am a single mom that time. After marriage, di naman kami nagsama under one roof. He’s in the province while I am working here in Manila. Every weekends lang ako umuuwi so once or twice lang kami nagkikita. Ngaun, I am planning to have our marriage annulled. Di na kami nagkakasundo and madalas kami nag aaway. Wala syang support na binibigay skin. Wala syang concern sa anak ko and we dont have kids of our own. Palainom din sya and most of the time lalapit lang skin pag may kailangan sya like money, sex, etc. Just want to ask you guys for some advise regarding sa process of annulment. Ano bang grounds ung pwede kong gamitin sa case namin? How much would it cost and how long would it take to get the final decision? Guaranteed ba na ma-grant yung annulment? May kilala ba kayong lawyer, an affordable one who could help me with the annulment? Paid in installment po sana. Thanks so much po for the advise.

  67. Good Day po,
    I was reading all the posted comments here and napakalaking tulong po sa pag bibigay idea/ information sa amin.
    Sumulat po ako kasi gusto ko po magkaroon ng idea regarding sa procedures ng declaration of nullity (bigamous marriage)..naka[pag submit na po ako ng petition ko, ng makausap ko po ang sherif na magdadala ng summon ang sabi nya po sa akin kailangan na sya ang maka received.pinaaddress ko po sa mainoffice nya.pero d ko po alam kasi ang exactong lugar kung saan sya naka assigned sa area.ano po ang magiging outcome nun kapag d po nya niresponse ang summon? sana po masagot nyo ako.pati na po ang mga susunod pang proceedings para po kahit paano prepared ako..
    maraming salamat po..God Bless

  68. Hello po im newbie here and i would like to ask about annulment. I was married with american guy 2007 we got civil marriage in the phil. we living 21 days together .when he back to US after our marriage. our relation doesnt work very well we always fights. we never had change to see each other again and live husband and wife..
    Do u know anybody whom you can recommend annulment lawyer..

  69. Hello po. I’m interested to file an annulment. Gusto ko po malaman kung magkano at gaano katagal maghihintay kasi I’m planning to get married next year. pls help baka me alam po kayo na lawyer na mapapagkatiwalaan salamat po.

    • Hi sherrybeth, parehas pala tayo nag hahanap ng lawyer for annulment.. im still hopefully na makatagpo ako ng lawyer na mapagkatiwalaan na di tayo lokohin..

      goodluck

  70. I need an advice for an annullment because my case is so difficult. I want to file an annulment and marry the woman I really love. I got married when I was 21 to a woman 10years older than me because she got pregnant as we are a member of INC. We have two young adults children. My wife and I are still living together, with the same room and bed but no contact after our secong child was born and that’s since about 20 years ago; and now I want to marry my GF whom I have a relationship for 10 years already.

  71. Hello to everybody…

    Ive been reading these comments and a lot of them seem to be really similar to what my fiancee is going through. Im in the US and I just want to be with her. Im almost done with my divorce and I really wanna do things right. Me and my fiancee decided to have her file for annulment. So im here to ask for everybody’s help, can somebody please refer us to a good lawyer who could help us get this annulment done as soon as humanly possible? I would really appreciate all the help. We all just want our happiness in life…Thanks!

  72. liliachalmers on Friday, July 23, 2010 at 12:55 am said:

    NellyNel

    i been through a annulment process at the moment and i files it last 2009 and until now i am just leaving in hope from my lawyer who is just telling me of rubbish things. i am out of philippines and i dont want to go back there. anyway, to file annulment you have to have a ground and i suggest you go to annulment in the phils website to give you an idea of grounds. there are too enemies in annulment the second party and the public prosecutor. so, research first and plan your attack.. if you think you have the strong ground? do it. lawyer is not a problem they are everywhere to find one that is honest? i don’t think so. money talks..

  73. How long do you have to wait after the judge signs off on the annulment before getting remarried?

    My fiancee just got word today that the judge signed off on the annulment.

    Thanks,
    Ken

    • we got same situation,im also waiting for decision for the court almost 4 months now after i receive letter from the court,and i cannot understand why take’s so long for decision….this people makes me really crazy huh/….

      • hi celia. just want to ask if na-grant na ba ung annulment mo. ung sa akin kase ex ko ang nagfile. sabi nya, tapos na raw ang hearing and tapos na rin ang psychologist testimony. what’s next ba? decision na lang ba ang hinihintay namin?

  74. Hi, anyone here who can refer a good lawyer for my boyfriend? He’s been separated with his wife for more than 7 years now. Her wife abandoned him with their 3 kids, went with other man and now has 3 kids of her own. My boyfriend and myself wanted to have a life of our own and normal family with his 3 kids and we cannot do it unless we get married.

    Looking forward for your help!

  75. Hello , I am waiting for the decision too now my case was just done last October 5, hope the decision well come out soon nah.. Hope for the best on us here but we always expect for the worst cause that is how our country is..

  76. Hope u guys get ur annulment so u can all move on. I got mine in few months time, but it cost a lot of money. My ex processed everything including the NSO and where we got married.

    wish u all the best!

    • hi andrea. magkano ang charged sa u ng lawyer? after ng last hearing, gaano ba katagal lumabas ang decision. nagfile ung ex ko nung jan this year taz last hearing ay nung oct 5. sana nga lumabas na ung decision eh.

  77. Hi to all! iang tagal pala ng decision ng Annulment.. Sana sa akin wag naman katagal.. kaka start ko palang mag file sa Laguna. at tapos na rin ang psychologist ko.. wait ko na lang schedule ng first hearing ko…. ano bang gagawin sa unang hearing? share naman dyan para mapaghandaan..

    • Hi Rose, can you share with me kung san ka nakakuha ng lawyer and kung magkano? Thanks

    • hi rose kelan ka nagfile at gaano katagal ka nag naghihintay ng 1st hearing. sa akin nung march 2010 pa. hanggang ngayon wala pang sinasabi yung atty. basta sabi maghintay na lang na lumabas yung schedule para sa first hearing. gaano yun katagal? i really appreciate for your reply.thank you.

      • Hi Onik nag file ako Oct itong year then pyschologist after one week .. kahapon kagagaling ko lang sa trial court kala ko nga first hearing ko na, mag sisign lang pala ako for collosion report para sa fiscal.. so now wait ko daw txt nya for hearing this month.. try daw niya na maka 2 hearing ako this month.. pero hindi na ako umasa na magagawa niya ng 2 hearing . malapit na kaya vacation.. magpapasko na eh.

  78. Hi jen, i got lawyer sa laguna pa recomended lang din sa akin isa sa mga naging susscesful sa annulment..na met ko lang siya dito sa sites.. im from caloocan 180k

  79. Hi jen,i got lawyer sa laguna pa at ni recommended lang din sa akin isa sa naging succesful sa annulment.. na met ko dito sa websites.. im from caloocan at 180k ang payment.

    • Hi Rose, I’m Gio. I am just new here and I saw the comments and I had some hope now that I and my ex could move on as well. Pwede po bang i-refer nyo sa akin ang lawyer mo sa annullment case nyo. Thanks.

      • Hi Gio sure pero itatanong ko muna sa kanya kasi ni reffer din kasi ako sa kanya.. tagasaan ka ba? una duda nga ako kasi sa phone lang kami nag kausap pero nun makita in person ok pala sya.. inalam ko talaga kung don talaga sya nag wowork at kung lawyer talaga sya…mabuti na yun sigurdo..

    • hi rose..pwede malaman kung sino un lawyer na un.. interested ako!

  80. Hi guys,

    Lumabas na decision ng judge sa annulment ko last oct. 11. Then i was told na wait daw ng 15 days bago ma release yung finality. Then nalaman ko today na sabi daw sa court kelangan pa daw ulit wait another 15 days. Possible ba yon?? Or dapat talaga 15days after the decision e pwede ngkumuha ng finality?

    • hi maple. ang alam ko max 30 days (after mareceived ng OSG ung decision) ang binibigay sa OSG para mag-appeal. taz kung walang appeal, saka pa ilalabas ung finality ng court.
      if feb pa ung last hearing nyo, ang tagal bago na-grant ung annulment. (almost 8 months ???) ung sa amin naman ng ex ko, bago daw mag-christmas ay ilalabas na ang decision sabi ng lawyer nya. sana nga, ma-grant na….

    • Hi Maple,

      Ilang days ba bago lumabas ang decision ng judge, after ng final hearing?

      Thanks,

  81. Hi everyone,

    I was married several years ago, and am now getting an annulment in the civil court. Could anyone tell me how I could get a church annulment?

    Is it necessary to wait for the civil court’s decision, or can I file for this at the same time? Where do I file for this? (At the same office in Intramuros where you get the license when you are married?) How much would it cost me?

    Through research on the internet, it seems that I have to start at my parish or at the church where I was married. Is this correct?

    Good luck to all who are in the process of or are planning to get an annulment. Thank you in advance for any help you could offer me.

    • Hi Andie,

      I don’t think we had what we called church annulmet. Even u are married in Church but still the decesion of an annulment should be in our government law. U need a legal advice to pursue an annulmet.

      Keep it up & God Bless

      Mhae

  82. gusto ko sanang mag-gather ng information regarding sa annulment. nagfile na ako ng annulment since march 2009. hanggang ngayon wala pang 1st hearing. nakapagbayad na ako ng P100,000.00 sa attorney pero parang walang nangyayari sa tagal ng paghihintay. gaano ba katagal ang paghihintay ng first hearing? inaabot ba ng isang taon? tas ang singil ng atty sa akin ay P200,000.00.

    sa mga nakaranas ng magpa-annul o yung mga naghihintay na lang ng court decision please bigyan niyo naman ako ng advice. ito na lang ang hinihintay ko para makapagsimula na ako ng bagong buhay. maraming salamat.

    • Hi Onik, I came across this blog lang and would like to share my 2 cents with you. I’m a lawyer kase here in the Philippines. The length of time of an annulment case depends if its contested or not contested (meaning, yung ex mo ba is against the annulment or not). The annulment of my friend was handled by our family firm and since it was not contested, it took about a year and a half. Hope that helps :)

      • Hi Atty. Frias,

        I have a pending annulment case filed March of last year, my last hearing was last Feb 9, sent the memoranda after 2 days. We’re expecting the decision around 2nd week of May. My lawyer made a follow up call 1st week of May, he was informed that we may have a decision by May 17. Then May 20 my lawyer again made a follow up but was informed that the judge asked for extension due to heavy workload. My lawyer said it could take around 90 days again. I have no problems naman waiting, we’re positive naman magiging ok ang decision since my case isn’t complicated at all, no kids or properties involved, sana lang huwag abutin na sobrang tagal. My question po Atty. Frias is, pwede din po ba na abutin ng more than 90 days ang extension? Thank You in advance and God bless!

      • i am ann, married last january 11, 2011. me and my husband ‘re only 23 years old. i am here in the philippines and he is in new zealand for three years less than a month of his stay here which is the time we got married.

        my question is, i want to ask if i can file an annulment for this,. we were never fine for this past months so i am sure we both want to file this case. how can i start and where to go? my dilema here is no one in my family knows about this except my trusted brother who is 27 years old. ist still hard for me to make this annulment successful like the other? which i hope i wont get to much difficulty in this. we both dont have parent’s consent.only witnesses which is our friend.

        i am really in need of help on what to to because my dad and mom wants me to go to my relatives in dubai going easily to canada , and i have to file aplication to do the process going there. i am planning also as my second option while waiting for this case if ever i file to ask to DFA if i can use again my maiden name.

        Please suggest and help if you have an idea.
        thanks so much.
        godbless…

  83. hopefuly makakuha ako ng advice sa inyo.gaano katagal maghintay ng first hearing.nakapagfile na ako ng annulment pero hanggang ngayon, magiisang taon na wala pa ring first hearing yung kaso ko.sabi ng atty maghintay lang daw. mukhang sobrang tagal na.paki-inform niyo ako paano yung paghihintay para may idea ako at alam ko kung talagang nilalakad ng atty. malaki na ang naibayad ko kase. salamat.

  84. ms. confused on Sunday, November 28, 2010 at 1:27 am said:

    Anyone..:(

    I just turn 20y/o wen i got married, my partner is also 20yrs den 2005), were stil in school during dat tym bt i stop skuling becoz i was pregnant. We got married w/ our parental consent even both of us didnt agree to get married as wat i remember my partner said “HINDI NMN KAILNGN NG KASL PWEDE NAMN ILABAS UNG BATA” i was rily confused..as expected we both married b’coz of the fact that im PREGNANT!..after dat wedding day dat i expected wud be my most memorable day turn out to be my worst nytmare..:( my partner is so immature and irresponsible I didnt get any respect as i used to be respected even my mom. YES!He doesnt hurt me physically but VERBALLY it hurt so much…Its been 5 yirs dat im trying to save the marriage but it sems going nowhere. He’s working ON BOARD, the last tym we talked is about a yir ago. Before he went on board he threatend me that he’ll file for annulment and i said yes! Im very much wanted to sign for it. Recently, He texted me saying he’l be hir next yir so we cud be together again.Wat a STUPIDITY!!! after ol my life going smoothly..Bt now im thinkling for our 4yr old kid that im doiing evything to give d best education and care. Im away from my kid right now becoz of work..A day wud not end without me crying. Its rily hard to tell urself ur ok even ur not, itz hard to pretend and wear different mask everyday… Its kip me haunting inside. the pain im having stil remain. Its rily hard to forgive a person.

    I wanted my lyf bak dat i used to have before smiling and confident.

    Im planning to pursue an annulment case so i cud move on olready.. cud somebody help me wer to start bout this kind of case.

    thank u so much for this blog.. after reading ol d messages i have hope.. :)

    ms.confuse

    • hi ms. confused. i am sorry to hear about your situation. went through something quite similar.

      i think what’s important is that you can prove that his being verbally abusive existed before the marriage. the irresponsibility, too. this is something the psychologist will ask you when s/he conducts the interview. how did he treat you during the courtship and boyfriend-girlfriend stage? during the earlier years of the marriage? your childhood and family background will be discussed. his, too.

      when you speak with your prospective lawyer (and eventually, the psychologist,) be prepared to be told, “ah yun lang ba? hindi ka naman sinasaktan? hindi naman nambababae? hindi naman nagdadrugs?” keep in mind that s/he is not trying to undermine your pain, s/he is trying to figure out the best way to present the case so that your petition will be granted.

      good luck. i wish you the best.

  85. Pagkatapos ng final hearing gaano katagal bago ilabas ang decision?

    • alene yan din ang gusto kung malaman…hope somebody can give us idea, how long it will take to got the result after the last hearing?at ilang hearing ba kailangan?any response highly appreciated.ty

      • Hello, guys im also on my processing of my annulment case, and according to my lawyer the normal process will take only 30 days after the the final hearing but it depends on the judge and depends on his loads of pending cases that need for decissions also.

    • alene yan din ang gusto kung malaman…hope somebody can give us idea, how long it will take to got the result after the last hearing?at ilang hearing ba kailangan?any response highly appreciated.ty

  86. hi pwede ba maging reason sa annulment na during that date nakalagay sa marraige contractwalang ceremony ang nangyari? can you help me please i want to get out of this marraige.

  87. hi i want to know pwede ba ma annul ung kasal na ala man lang ceremony nangyari sa date na yon nag pa pirma lang po kasi kami ng marraige contract without any ceremony

  88. Hi, my gf and I have been together for 3 yrs. and we have decided to get married. The thing is she is still married with her ex husband. She decided to leave her husband because he was so immature. Though he never hurt my gf physically, she always receive verbal abuse from him. After few months that my gf decided to leave the marriage, she had another relationship, but then, she got pregnant. Obviously, my gf’s relationship with the second guy was through as she is now with me. I have loved her and accepted everything that happened to her and now we are ready to go to the next step, to get married. Can anybody here help me as to what grounds can she file? My gf and her ex husband have no communication for three years now, after she left their marriage. And the ex husband is not supporting their daughter also.

  89. I have a gf for 3 yrs now. she is still married with her ex husband. When she decided to leave her marriage, due to so much indifferences, she had another relationship after a few months, and she got pregnant. Obviously, she is no longer with that second guy as she is now with me. And now that we really want to start a new life and get married, we decided that she has to have an annulment. What are the possible grounds that we can file?

    We are both living here in Malaysia. Her ex husband in Qatar and they dont have any communication for the past 3 years after my gf decided to leave the marriage. The ex husband is not supporting their son also.

    Please give us some enlightenment as we want our marriage soon.

    Thanks.
    Ryan

  90. I have a gf for 3 yrs now. she is still married with her ex husband. When she decided to leave her marriage, due to so much indifferences, she had another relationship after a few months, and she got pregnant. Obviously, she is no longer with that second guy as she is now with me. And now that we really want to start a new life and get married, we decided that she has to have an annulment. What are the possible grounds that we can file?

    We are both living here in Malaysia. Her ex husband in Qatar and they dont have any communication for the past 3 years after my gf decided to leave the marriage. The ex husband is not supporting their son also.

    Please give us some enlightenment as we want our marriage soon.

    Thanks.
    Ryan

  91. any one can give idea, how many hearings would it takes before you got the decision?

  92. any one can give idea, how many hearings would it takes before you got the decision?

  93. hello, just read all the testimonies here.. happy to find this site, been searching for a while to this kind of discussion so that i can get more ideas about the process of annulment. i filed my petition last Jan.25 my atty, said we’ll have our first hearing by march or this april. but when i talk to him again coz he ask for another payment for publication, he said baka may na daw mag hearing co’z it takes one month after the last publication bago mka pg hearing..And then i asked him in what newspaper will the petition appear and when, he told me March 31,2011. I bought that newspaper on that date, but to my dismay it was not published there, and i called my Atty. and he said it will be on April 8,last publication daw.. ang gulo.. di ko masyado maintindihan Atty ko, di rn xa kusa nag update saken bwt my case.. I want it to be done asap…I was married almost 5years ago. Me and my husband didn’t live together as a couple. We have 1child. We haven’t seen each other for 4years already..I’m 25 now and his 27..

    with u guys how many months does it takes for the first hearing? and the next…
    my Atty said maximum of 1year and case ko.. i hope so..

  94. hello, just read all the testimonies here.. happy to find this site, been searching for a while to this kind of discussion so that i can get more ideas about the process of annulment. i filed my petition last Jan.25 my atty, said we’ll have our first hearing by march or this april. but when i talk to him again coz he ask for another payment for publication, he said baka may na daw mag hearing co’z it takes one month after the last publication bago mka pg hearing..And then i asked him in what newspaper will the petition appear and when, he told me March 31,2011. I bought that newspaper on that date, but to my dismay it was not published there, and i called my Atty. and he said it will be on April 8,last publication daw.. ang gulo.. di ko masyado maintindihan Atty ko, di rn xa kusa nag update saken bwt my case.. I want it to be done asap…I was married almost 5years ago. Me and my husband didn’t live together as a couple. We have 1child. We haven’t seen each other for 4years already..I’m 25 now and his 27..

    with u guys how many months does it takes for the first hearing? and the next…
    my Atty said maximum of 1year and case ko.. i hope so..

  95. hello, just read all the testimonies here.. happy to find this site, been searching for a while to this kind of discussion so that i can get more ideas about the process of annulment. i filed my petition last Jan.25 my atty, said we’ll have our first hearing by march or this april. but when i talk to him again coz he ask for another payment for publication, he said baka may na daw mag hearing co’z it takes one month after the last publication bago mka pg hearing..And then i asked him in what newspaper will the petition appear and when, he told me March 31,2011. I bought that newspaper on that date, but to my dismay it was not published there, and i called my Atty. and he said it will be on April 8,last publication daw.. ang gulo.. di ko masyado maintindihan Atty ko, di rn xa kusa nag update saken bwt my case.. I want it to be done asap…I was married almost 5years ago. Me and my husband didn’t live together as a couple. We have 1child. We haven’t seen each other for 4years already..I’m 25 now and his 27..

    with u guys how many months does it takes for the first hearing? and the next…
    my Atty said maximum of 1year and case ko.. i hope so..

  96. Hello life seeker. what is the update regarding

  97. Hello life seeker. what is the update regarding

  98. Hello life seeker. what is the update regarding

  99. Finally done with my annulment. Got all process done within 9 months. I guess its either I got lucky or maybe because my lawyer is good :-)

  100. @ Cm Biazon- Would you mind to refer us your lawyer? How much did you spend during your annulment process…?thanks a million…!

  101. Hi!What will I do if someone who is married used my name in getting her cenomar to marry another man.I’m single never been married.And when I get my cenomar it appears that I am married.How can I clear my name as single.Thankx for helping.

    • Hi, I’m a lady lawyer here in the Philippines. The best option for you would be to file a petition for correction of entry. Basically, you will move to have the court grant the correction of your wrong civil status. :)

      • hi pano po kung pumayag n po n makipagannul sakin ung wife ko pano po ung magiging proseso po nun en gumawa po kmi ng kasunduan n financially susuportahan ko yung mga anak ko, matatagalan p po b ung proseso?

      • mary ann evangelista on Tuesday, September 06, 2011 at 12:09 am said:

        can i ask u? i was married with my husband and we separated..but there is no such a valid reason..he only leave at home going to his work then suddenly he never come back anymore until now,it was 7 years ago.he abandon us,,we have 2 children..and even once i never use his surname i stay single with all my documents like passport,,nbi,,ID`S and etc.do i can file an annulment even i not used his name?

      • mary ann evangelista on Tuesday, September 06, 2011 at 12:37 am said:

        pwedi po ba ko magtanong sayo?hiwalay po ako sa asawa,,umalis po sya papuntang work then hindi na po bumalik 7 years na po nakakaraan,inabandona nya po kami ng mga anak nya.and kahit minsan po hindi ko ginamit apelyido nya ,,single po ginamit ko sa lahat ng dokumento ko kagaya po ng passport ,nbi or ID`s and etc..posible pa po ba ko mag file ng annulment kahit di ko ginamit surname nya?please answer me po..

  102. Hi Andrea, congrats. You are right it is easy to marry here in the Philippines but very difficult to annul. I am very happy for you. I hope you still have time to answer my query, because, right now my marriage to my husband is killing me. I just want to be happy and free again. I just do not know where to start. First, i need a lawyer for my annulment if you can refer me a good one, i am very thankful. I really really want to be happy again and marry again the man i really deserve.

  103. thank you KD Frias. well it was contested. both of us wanted an annulment. there was no problem at all. both of us cooperated coz both of us has family already. now the problem was the lawyer who said P200,00.00 was a fast track annulment. money was not a problem when he asked at that time. 11months past ni wala pa akong first hearing. now i changed a lawyer. and now i am hoping from you guys baka may naka-experience na sa morelaw50. kahit papaano gusto kong makasigurado dahil ang pera pinaghihirapan.

    • usually kase it’s supposed to be a year talaga. I handled the annulment of my friend and usually talaga it’s a year especially if uncontested. It’s too bad your first lawyer did that to you. Good luck!

  104. Hello guys, just want to inquire with you, i received a subpoena re my annulment requiring me to attend the pre-trial… i do not have any lawyer, and wala po ako plano umattend sa annulment na nafile sakin. Any advice? Will the case push through? ayoko na kasi umattend, dahil nga wala din ako kinuha attorney and ayoko na din gumastos dahil wala din ako pmbayad sa atty.. please guys need ur opinion if it’s okay not to appear even they require me. thanks a lot

  105. Hello to all! I just want to ask if there’s somebody here who already have undergone anulment case that is successful and can u please refer me a good lawyer for Annulment case, I want to have annulled marriage also…..thanks so much and more power

  106. HELLO TO ALL… CAN ANYONE PLS TELL ME WHAT ARE THE STEP BY STEP PROCEDURE??? LUMABAS N KC FINALITY NG ANNULMENT KO.. AND NOW I HAVE TO REGISTER IT S MUNICIPALITY SAN AKO KINASAL THEN AFTER THE NSO MAIN (MANILA) I RECIEVED 4 CERTIFIED TRUE COPIES NG ANNULMENT KO THEN YUNG CERTIFICATION OF FINALITY. YUN DAW IFOFORWARD KKO S MUNICIPALITY AT S QUEZON CITY AND ONE COPY FOR ME AS WELL… WHAT IS THE FIRST THING TO DO??? ANY HELP WILL BE HIGHLY APPRECIATED.. THANK U VERY MUCH.. GOD BLESS US ALL!

  107. hi po sa inyo ask ko lang po kung makanu ang mag pa annul? at kung may bisa ba ang kasalang bayan?

  108. hi! at 4th yr college pregnant.before we’re not yet decided to get marry because were young when our baby was born my bf and i got married at the age of 20. he forge his father’s signature so that we can marry. when our son is 2mos old got hospitalized due to difficulty of breathing.then become a micro cephalic. brain small surrounded by water.he’s motor skills is delayed to his age.the doctor told us he could die anytime. he left us during the most difficult times. i never saw him again.i graduated and try to raise my son alone with the help of my parents. though my son isn’t normal we loved him.2005 my son died . i heard now that he has a live in partner and a daughter. i also move on and had a partner and a daughter. I want to get married again with my new love. its been 9years already. i want to know if my marriage valid even the signature of
    the father of my x is forge?i don’t have much money to have an annulment. I hope you can help me.thanks.Godbless

  109. hi! at 4th yr college pregnant.before we’re not yet decided to get marry because were young when our baby was born my bf and i got married at the age of 20. he forge his father’s signature so that we can marry. when our son is 2mos old got hospitalized due to difficulty of breathing.then become a micro cephalic. brain small surrounded by water.he’s motor skills is delayed to his age.the doctor told us he could die anytime. he left us during the most difficult times. i never saw him again.i graduated and try to raise my son alone with the help of my parents. though my son isn’t normal we loved him.2005 my son died . i heard now that he has a live in partner and a daughter. i also move on and had a partner and a daughter. I want to get married again with my new love. its been 9years already. i want to know if my marriage valid even the signature of
    the father of my x is forge?i don’t have much money to have an annulment. I hope you can help me.thanks.Godbless

  110. Yes Trixie, may bisa ang kasalang bayan.Naka register yung mga marriages solemnized jan sa NSO. Mga P200k ang gagastosin sa annulment case ngayon. If you are interested, I can refer you to an honest lawyer who can finish your case in 6 months.He has handled so many successful annulment cases before.Good luck.

  111. soulmate_forever on Friday, September 23, 2011 at 12:53 pm said:

    Hi to All,
    Mine is aleady 1 1/2 years at hindi pa rin natatapos. Wala pa rin pre-trial hearing dahil na postponed to November. Nag file ako ng annulment sa Caloocan, at ang Judge daw ay na promote sa supreme court. Bakit ang tagal magkaroon ng Judge? After ng pre-trial hearing, mga ilang months pa ba bago matapos? Please I need your reply…many thanks’. Lil

    • Hi I got my Annulment from Caloocan too! It takes me four almost five years before I got my decree of annulment ..it takes them forever to process that pre-trial! Kasi kailangan daw ang judge nandiyan! yan ang nagpatagal sa annulment ko laging walang judge.. akala ko nga wala nang pag asa ,,but then I waited for that long natapos din …meron ibang judge diyan ayaw lang nyang hawakan ang annulment…ganyan katagal diyan sa Caloocan good luck saiyo! Pero in the other hand depende sa lawyer mo dapat ang lawyer mo ang gumagawa ng paraan na makahingi sya ng early appointment for you ganyan ang ginawa ko sa lawyer ko inaraw araw ko tapos tinatawagan ko rin ang tao sa city hall para alam ko kung may judge na humahawak ng annulment..

  112. hello,
    I am looking for a reliable annulment lawyer, my case is easy and both my ex and i are willing to cooperate to get our marriage annulled. It’s Bigamy and i know that is a grounds for annulment.
    kindly advise me a very reliable lawyer and could handle the case faster than 6 months.
    thanks.

  113. i just want to share my experience with annulment.i filed june 2009 and it took almost 2 years to get my first hearing and then my last hearing was suppose to be last aug 26 this year but silly me i was a little bit late on the hearing so it was being moved just last month sept 28.right now im just waiting for the decision from the court..

    erica

  114. Hello soulmate-forever, that is really the problem when a judge retires or is promoted, transferred, incapacitated or died. You do not know exactly when a new judge will assume his post to continue with the proceedings in your case, maybe a year or two, nobody knows… except perhaps only the Supreme Court will know. Although sometimes your case is referred to a “pairing judge” who acts as a substitute in the meantime that there is no permanent judge who is yet to be appointed but he is quite busy with his own cases that your case will really drag on for so long.
    At any rate, assuming, a new judge is appointed and the pre trial is scheduled siguro it will take another 2 years more or less for your case to be finished.Maybe, if you can email me privately I can give you some out of the box tips on how to expedite the termination your case.

  115. The problem kung na promote ang judge no one can tell kung kailan magkakaroon ng kapalit. Medyo matagal na nga ung annulment case mo.Sa takbo ng case mo palagay ko mga 2 years pa bago matapos case mo. Kaya ciguro dapat magconsult ka kung papano maexpedite case mo. Expert jan ang [email protected] subukan mong ma contact.

  116. hello soulmate_forever.. sad to know nmn mas matagal sau konti.. saken 10months after me nag file this nov plng pre trial.. nakakaloka na tlga. ang mahal n nga ng bayad nten, hir we are stress sobra.. hirap anu.. cnu ba lawyer mu? sakn Rizal ko file eh..

  117. good day, im manuel from philippines, i have a fiancee who is a filipino american,she already married before with her ex wife which is filipino american too, but before they are filipino citizen when they got married here in philippines,, they are now residing at the US, then got divorce there. i met my fiancee, we had 1 and half year relationship, she visit me here in the philippines 4 times,, and now she’s here also and were planning to get married here in the philippines, the problem is, they not yet file annulment for her first marriage, im so worried if we get married here in the philippines im afraid it will not become legal and our marriage will be void???… but she keeps telling me there are no problems, the US government will accept our marriage and i can petition you, the US will honor our marriage, is this true???? we had fighting because of this problem, she insisting if we got married here in the philippines it will be alright, only here in philippine law will not valid, but in US law our marriege is valid, i dont need to get annulment it will take long time bla bla… plss help me i dont know what to do now. thank you very much.

    • Hello Manuel,Yes you are right.Considering that your fiance was Filipino citizen when she got married in the Philippines then her divorce in the US is not recognized here. If you are lucky and you can get a US tourist visa then you can get married in the US. No problem.

      BUT if your marriage is here in the Philippines, in order to be valid, your fiance has to have her previous marriage in the Philippines annulled. It will take 6 months to get an annulment here.Please read in my other comments regarding this matter.Good luck.

  118. Good day,Im anne from cebu,i have husband who is a canadian.we been married since 2009,and last June this year when he found out that i am preggy he told me we better separate as he dont like baby,at first he wanted me to abort it but i didnt.And now he in manila with his other womans,and this week he coming cebu to meet his another womans here,he stopped supporting me after he asked me for separation.only my parents supporting me now bcoz i didnt work as my husband dont want me to work since b4,so i really have no income after he leave me..I asked him to better file annulment for us bcoz i want to totally move on,and want to be happy also with deserving man,.but he said he wont file bcoz he have no plan to remarry anyone coz he only want to enjoy his life..
    He used drugs too since b4 even if he in canada or here in cebu he used drugs like shabu and marijuana..also everytime he got drunk he hurt me..insult me in front of our friends,yelled me,called me fuck off/fuck you in front of others peoples,.since we got married i never feel happy with him,he always cheated to me,everytime he come phils,he stopped manila and meet his other womans,.also since we got married he just only begun supporting me last year and its not even enough support,very small,only enough for soap lol but i didnt complain,he never treat me as being his wife since b4,he treat me like only his dog/helper,,,He credit motorcycle in bohol and give to my parents but he didnt pay it,me who paying it monthly,using his 4k monthly support.

    Plz i need ur help if what would i need to do about my husband,,this week when he come here in cebu he going to stay here in our apartment but he stay in other room with his woman,very insulting to me,im stil preggy for 5 months right now,

  119. Good day,Im anne from cebu,i have husband who is a canadian.we been married since 2009,and last June this year when he found out that i am preggy he told me we better separate as he dont like baby,at first he wanted me to abort it but i didnt.And now he in manila with his other womans,and this week he coming cebu to meet his another womans here,he stopped supporting me after he asked me for separation.only my parents supporting me now bcoz i didnt work as my husband dont want me to work since b4,so i really have no income after he leave me..I asked him to better file annulment for us bcoz i want to totally move on,and want to be happy also with deserving man,.but he said he wont file bcoz he have no plan to remarry anyone coz he only want to enjoy his life..
    He used drugs too since b4 even if he in canada or here in cebu he used drugs like shabu and marijuana..also everytime he got drunk he hurt me..insult me in front of our friends,yelled me,called me fuck off/fuck you in front of others peoples,.since we got married i never feel happy with him,he always cheated to me,everytime he come phils,he stopped manila and meet his other womans,.also since we got married he just only begun supporting me last year and its not even enough support,very small,only enough for soap lol but i didnt complain,he never treat me as being his wife since b4,he treat me like only his dog/helper,,,He credit motorcycle in bohol and give to my parents but he didnt pay it,me who paying it monthly,using his 4k monthly support.

    Plz i need ur help if what would i need to do about my husband,,this week when he come here in cebu he going to stay here in our apartment but he stay in other room with his woman,very insulting to me,im stil preggy for 5 months right now,

  120. hello guys, gusto ko lang malaman kung totoo ba na ang collusion investigation should happen first before the pre-trial / trial hearing or it doesnt necessary naman na mauna ang investigation? Worried lang ako kasi in my case, patapos na ang hearing and yet hindi pa rin nagpapatawag ng collusion investigation although me order na ang court.. please helppppp……thanksss

  121. hi po tanong ko lang po sana kung pwede bang mag citizen ang isang babae sa austria kung kasal siya sa pinas sa asawa yang pinoy..ngyon po my boyfrend siyang austryino..gusto siya kunin ng boyfrend nya?

  122. hello..

    di pa rn keo nka file? sa antipolo din aq nag file last january pa… hoping na sana lang delay this may na last hearing sched…

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