Annulment in the Philippines: Questions and Answers (Part 6)

We have time to address some questions relating to annulment in the Philippines. Let’s consolidate the questions that are newly raised for easy reference. We shall update this post to include new issues we encounter (again, please search through the other posts or the comments to check if a question related to yours was already addressed). As always, please remember that nothing should here should be taken as legal advice (for clients, please click here).

If I file a petition for legal separation, can I use my own sexual infidelity as a ground?

It is interesting to note that among the grounds for legal separation, as listed above, only “sexual infidelity or perversion” is not qualified by the phrase “of the respondent” or “by respondent”. This may give the impression that the sexual infidelity of the petitioner, or the one who filed the petition, may be used as a ground in legal separation. We must consider, however, that legal separation is filed by the innocent spouse or the “aggrieved party” against the guilty spouse.

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  1. mark

    Dear Atty.,

    I had a previous family we had 2 kids but I did not marry her… I got another woman and we married thru Municipal mayor.. She had a daughter to other guy…can this be grounds for annulment? I wnt to get back my previous fmily which i want to marry her whn annulmnt to my present wife is done. What will i do Atty. Thnk you.
    Mark

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    1. Atty. Fred (Post author)

      Mark, the facts are certainly not complete and it’s not proper to give any legal advice. In other words, it might be a good idea to allow your lawyer to ask the relevant questions, determine if all these facts constitute a sufficient ground for annulment/declaration of nullity, and assist you on your plan. Good luck.

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  2. beth

    Hi attorney good eve po… Ako po so beth ask ko LNG po kung ano dapat ko gawin…kasal po ako 2001 tapos po nag hiwalay kmi ng asawa ko nung 2009 kc po nag asawa siya s Dubai at may anak n po Sila.andto n po sila s Pinas…pero po may anak Din kmi apat at d nia sinusuportahan…ground po b yun para ma annul.n ang kasal nmin…pls help nmn po…..I’m waiting your reply attorney in my email…thanks

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  3. chel

    dear atty.
    advice nmn po,anu po b dpat nmin gwen.kc po ung partner q now eh separated na for almost 7yrs..inwan xa nung girl and sumama sa guy,me 2 ank na po ung gurl now.for almost 7 yrs po d xa nagparamdam sa partner.pero nung nlaman nia na me anak na kmi nang partner q now eh ska xa nagparamdam at nang gugulo smen.me 1 yr old baby na po kmi and 2 yrs na po kmi live in.anu po ba dpat nmin gwen pra wla na xa habol sa partner ko.panu po ba ang proseso at anu ponpde nmin maging grounds pra mawalan na bisa kasal nila.please po advisan nio po kmi..tnx po

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  4. king jefferson

    Atty, kasal poh ako peo in 2 months nag pasya kaming mg hiwalay kc,, di me satisfy sakanya,, at dipa sia manganganak,,

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  5. aira

    good am po atty ! ask ko po sana pwede nA PO BA AKO MAGPAKASAL ULIT SA BELGIAN GUY ? HIWALAY NPO AKO SA EX HUSBAND KO 15 YEARS AGO , AT MAY PAMILYA NA DIN PO AND EX HUSABAND KO AT MAY 2 ANK… PLZ! ATTY I NEED YOUR KIND RESPONSE DHIL MAY PLAN PO KMI NG BF KO NA MAG PAKASAL.. IF NEED PO NG ANAULMENT HOW MUCH PO BA BAYAD SA GNUN? THANK YOU …

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    1. Atty. Fred (Post author)

      Aira, for purposes of remarriage, the first marriage has to legally end. Please refer to others posts, like this one http://attyatwork.com/can-i-remarry-without-filing-for-annulment/ or this one http://attyatwork.com/annulment-divorce-legal-separation-in-philippines-questions-answers/ For queries on services, please use the “contact” page. Thanks.

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  6. Wilma m. maneclang

    Atty. May tanong po ako,,naanakan pro ako ng isang pulis, 18 yrs po ako nung akoy nakuha nya,bale 15 yrs po agwat namin, ngkaanak kmi ng 2 kids, sya po at may asawa,nung nakapagtapos po ako ng pagaaral sa college, ng decide po ako na lumayo kasi po ayaw Kong maging mistress habang buhay, so ang ginawa KO po bago ako ng abroad na Hindi nya alam, ngpakasal po ako sa isang guy n nanligaw sa akin dahil in LNG po alam Kong paraan para mahiwalay Kay pulis,,at ngkahiwalay n po kami dahil Hindi nya matanggap na ikinasal ako sa iba, habang NASA abroad po ako ung lalaking pinakasalan KO eh ngloko din,so ng decide kami na mghiwalay name rin kmi until after a year ngkaron ako ng karelasyon ulet, at ganun din ung lalaking pinakasalan KO,, ang nakakagulat po, ngpakasal sya sa isang babae na alam Kong di pa annulled ung kasal namin, di na pro ako mghahabol sa kanya kasi po Alan Kong parehas name kaming may kinakasama,, ang tanong kopo, pinapaannul kasi nya ung kasal Namin now,, nung kumuha ako ng cenomar KO ,, I found out na kinasal ako sa pulis which is di KO alam po un, anu po ang pwede Kong gawin? Parehas po bang void ung kasal KO?

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  7. Juliet

    Hello po atty, ako po ay 12yrs Ng married at my anak po Kmi isang 11yrs old na babae,ang husband ko po ay nagtatrabaho Dubai,nalaman ko po na may kinakasama po syang babae,nakausap ko po ang babae at panay ang email po Nya sa akin,nalaman po gn anak ko na may Ibang babae ang ama Nya Ng attempt po nang suicide ang anak ko,,,sa ngayon po Ng undergo for counselling po Kmi kasi Hindi ma tanggap ng anak ko,yan po ang ikinababahala ko po,,,,sa ngayon po Hindi na sinasagot sg husband ko lahat gn emails at text ko pati tawag ko,,,,anu po ba ang puede ko pong gawin? Salamat po.

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  8. Mickey

    Hi Atty.

    Question po:

    Yung girlfriend ko po married sa pinoy din na nasa Singapore, they’re talking about separating na po. They’ve been married for quite some time na, since they’re talking about it na po. We just wanted to find out how much will it cost for “legal separation”, and also pag “Annulment” na din po. Ang gusto po kase namin yung may panghahawakan kaming papel at legal po sana. Hope to hear from you Atty. Thank you in advanced.

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  9. Sandra

    Dear Sir I married in Phil 10 years ago and both now reside in UAE I reported a recent Physical Assault to the Local Police and released/did not lodge a case against him for fear of Children support being stopped There is no Trust Respect left so I want to annul this marriage what are the costs and process should I reopen the police case pl adv what should I do

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  10. Nenette comeso

    Hello, po…I have a concern to make about my husband and his ex-wife…ang husband ko po ay hiwalay s dati nyang asawa since 1999 pero di cla nag file ng annulment coz of lack of money…ikinasal sila 1981..meron silang nilagdaang kasunduan n wala n silang komunikasyon s isa’t-isa…ngayon po, I filed my husband a petition for a spouse category but the USCIS approved my petition kahit ung agreement signed letter of both parties ang ipinasa ko s USCIS pero ngayon po ang national visa center ay humihingi ng original copy of separation ng both parties ay nakatala sa government natin..kung magpafile ng annulment ang asawa ko at ang dati nyang asawa, ang tanong ko po ay how long it will takes and how much is it?

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  11. john

    Gud pm po….gusto ko po sanang humingi ng advice. Kasal po ako s una nong feb10,2003 at nghiwalay din po kami agad may anak po kaming isa pero di nya eto sinunod sa apelyido ko.Naging maayos naman po ang aming paghihiwalay at hanggang ngaung taon n eto ay wlang communication.
    Muli ako kinasal ng aug.09,2003 s ibang babae nagtagal po kami at biniyayaan ng 4 na anak lahat yon ay nksunod sa apelyido ko…pero nong jan.2011 pumanaw ang asawa ko….
    Sa ngaun po may kalive in partner ako…2yrs na rin po kmi ngsasama at may isa ng anak…di po nya alam ang tungkol s una kong kasal hanggang dumating yong time na nagplano na rin kmi magpakasal. Isang araw kumuha sya ng palihim ng CENOMAR sa NSO….nagtaka sya paano nangyari dlawang beses ako kinasal sa parehong taon. Tanong ko lang po ang una ko bang kasal ang legal n kikilalanin ng ating batas? Kung sya man po ang legal gusto ko po sanang ipaannul ang kasal namin ilang taon n rin ang nakalipas mula nong kami ay naghiwalay.Ano po bang mga legal n proseso ang dapat naming gawin? Magkano po ang posibleng magagastos kapag ngfile ng annulment kasama n ang atty.’s fee? Gaanu naman po katagal bago magrant ang annulment? Maraming Salamat sana po ay mtulungan nyo ako….

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