Appearance of Spouse Not Necessary in Annulment

A common thread across various annulment-related topics is the effect of the absence of the spouse when a petition for annulment is filed. The latest reincarnation of this query is in the post “Annulment in the Philippines: Questions and Answers II“. It basically goes like this: “I will be filing for annulment but my husband is working abroad and he cannot be present during the hearings.” This query is expected to continue because a lot of Filipinos go abroad as OFWs.

The spouse (husband or wife) who files the petition for annulment or declaration of nullity is called the petitioner. The other spouse is automatically called the respondent. Upon filing of the petition, summons MUST be served on the spouse-respondent (see Signing the Summons in Annulment Case). As long as summons is validly served, the proceedings will proceed even if the spouse-respondent does not appear in all hearings. The case will continue even if the respondent-spouse fails or refuses to participate.

5 comments

  1. good day po.ask ko lng po ano po yung una kong gawin para makapag file po aq ng annulment ?gsto ko na pong mkalawa talaga sa knya 4 years na kaming hiwalay at wala po kaming anak..at may kinakasama na po syang ibang babae ngayon bilang asawa nya.at wala na po akong pkialam doon atty.kasi khit mgkahiwalay mn sila ng babae nya d na po aq tlga babalik pa.sbra ng sakit ang ginawa nya at wala ng love na namamagitan po samng dalawa.at anong magandang ground po ang pwd kong gamitin sa pag file ng annulment salmat po sana mtulongan nyo aq tnx.

  2. matagal na po kaming naghiwalay sa asawa ko almost 16 yrs hindi ko naalam kung nasaan na xa wala na akog balita sa kanya kung nasaan na xa ngayon.. may dalawa kaming anak ngyon malalaki na sila … Ano po ba ang gagawin ko ? gusto ko nang mag asawa ulit.. thanks

  3. Good day sir!!nais ko lng po malaman kung anu po bang madali sa annulment ko mag 3years na kmi hiwalay ng mr. Payag nman xa na mag annulment n kmi kaso sa nababasa ko dissmiss yun pag pumayag ang isat isa wala na ho kami balak magbalikan pa at isa pa indi a rin xa interesado sa relasyun nmin gusto q mag file kc matagal na din..magkano ho bang cost sa annulment?

  4. Good day!
    Ask ko lang po if na-annulled na po ba tpos di alam nung respondent na nagpa annull ung petitioner at nlaman lang po nya tpos na pwede po ba sya mag file ng case ( if there’s a case to file) Laban sa petitioner khit po null and void na ung ksal nila at naipasa na po sa Philippine statistics authority, nkakuha na po ng cenomar ung petitioner and naayus na po nya mga records nya single na po sya?may anak na po sila pareho and almost 11 years na po sila hiwalay?pwede po ba mkasuhan ung petitioner dhil di nya ipinaalam sa respondent ung pagppa annul nya?
    Thank u in advance po and God bless!

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