If the marriage ceremony was done in a Philippine consulate abroad, should the petition be filed abroad or in the Philippines? If the marriage celebrated abroad was registered here in the Philippines, can the petition be filed abroad? If the marriage was solemnized abroad and a church wedding was subsequently held in the Philippines, where is the proper venue for filing the petition for annulment or declaration of nullity? The Philippines or abroad?
These questions boil down to one issue — where to file the petition for annulment or declaration of nullity? This issue, as well as the variety of related questions we received, was already addressed in a previous Q&A. The repetitive questions surrounding this topic, however, means that it may be best to have a single post solely focused on this issue. So here goes:
No, the petition for annulment or declaration of nullity CANNOT be filed abroad. It can ONLY be filed in the Philippines. It doesn’t matter how many marriages were celebrated. The country where the marriage was solemnized is immaterial. It doesn’t matter if wedding ceremony was done in a Philippine embassy or a foreign church. The petition can only be filed in the Philippines.