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You are a Family Court judge and before you is a Petition for the Declaration of Nullity of Marriage (under Article 36 of the Family Code) filed by Maria against Neil. Maria claims that Neil is psychologically incapacitated to comply with the essential obligations of marriage because Neil is a drunkard, a womanizer, a gambler, and a mama’s boy — traits that she never knew or saw when Neil was courting her. Although summoned, Neil did not answer Maria’s petition and never appeared in court.
To support her petition, Maria presented three witnesses — herself, Dr. Elsie Chan, and Ambrosia. Dr. Chan testified on the psychological report on Neil that she prepared. Since Neil never acknowledged nor responded to her invitation for interviews, her report is solely based on her interviews with Maria and the spouses’ minor children. Dr. Chan concluded that Neil is suffering from Narcissistic Personality Disorder, an ailment that she found to be already present since Neil’s early adulthood and one that is grave and incurable. Maria testified on the specific instances when she found Neil drunk, with another woman, or squandering the family’s resources in a casino. Ambrosia, the spouses’ current household help, corroborated Maria’s testimony.
On the basis of the evidence presented, will you grant the petition? (8%)