Can I Remarry Without Filing for Annulment?

Can I marry again without filing the necessary petition for annulment or declaration of nullity of my existing marriage? This summarizes the countless number of questions, asked in a number of variations, we’ve encountered in this blog. The latest reincarnation of this query reads in full:

1999 kmi kinasal sa west..noong una d q alam na kasal pla sya sa iba babae but wla aq nagawa dhil buntis aq sa panganay ko.. we have two kids. 11 years kmi nagsama but 5 years lang talagang nagsama kmi the rest 6 yrs ngwork aq sa malau but still in the philippines p dn..then nagdecide kami maghiwalay 2010 we both agree to separate at isinoli nya aq sa mga magulang ko formal na maghihiwalay kmi dahil sa wala syang kakayahan bumuhay ng pamilya ako lahat ang bumubuhay sa mga anak ko , then 4 yrs na kmi hiwalay it is possible for me to remarry again wihtout filling annulment? can you advice me what to do?

Of course, we cannot give any legal advice and we can only discuss the general principles. We’re posting this separate article to centralize the discussions on this specific topic.

So, can you marry again without filing the necessary petition for annulment or declaration of nullity of an existing marriage? The answer is “no“. A marriage — regardless of the existence of any defect that would render it void from the beginning — remains valid in the eyes of the law until declared otherwise by a Philippine court. For clarity, we can re-state the query in this manner:

My existing marriage is clearly void because ________________. Can I remarry without filing the appropriate petition to nullify or declare the nullity of my previous marriage?

Feel free to fill in the blank portion. You can think of any possible reason or ground. The answer will still be the same — any subsequent marriage is invalid for as long as the previous marriage is still subsisting (not declared void or annulled by a court, and only by a court). Everything else follows: the spouses open themselves to a criminal charge of bigamy, the kids are illegitimate, etc.

22 comments

  1. ask ko lng po’
    15 years n po kami live in ng asawa ko my 2 po kami anak kasal po ang asawa.ko sa una nya asawa makalawa n po mg asawa un asawa nya pano po mawalan bisa kasal nila para po makasal kami ng asawa ko

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  2. kasal po asawa ko sa una nyang asawa.. pero po yung mga papel po ng babae is pineke lng dw . is there any chances po na d valid ung kasal nila ?

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  3. Nka kuha ako nang passport i renew ko nlng this september nung pumunta ako nso i found out na peke ang kasal namin at sa recto nya lang pingawa pano ako makaka kuha nang bagong passpprt gamit ang surname ko sa pagkadalaga

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  4. My existing marriage is clearly VOID because it was done prior to the registration of the Decree of Absolute Nullity of Marriage. My husband was annulled pero yung nairegistered nya lang ay yung Entry of Judgement,,di nya po kse alam na dapat ibalik sa Court yung copy ng partly annotated na marriage certificate para mabigyan sya ng Decree of Absolute Nullity of Marriage at para mairehistro din ito bago kami magpakasal. Lately lang po namin ito nalaman.

    Ano po ang dapat naming gawin para maipakansela ang aming existing marriage at para makapag pakasal po ulit kami. Maraming salamat po.

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  5. My existing marriage is clearly VOID because it was done prior to the registration of the Decree of Absolute Nullity of Marriage. My husband was annulled pero yung nairegistered nya lang ay yung Entry of Judgement,,di nya po kse alam na dapat ibalik sa Court yung copy ng partly annotated na marriage certificate para mabigyan sya ng Decree of Absolute Nullity of Marriage at para mairehistro din ito bago kami magpakasal. Lately lang po namin ito nalaman.

    Ano po ang dapat naming gawin para maipakansela ang aming existing marriage at para makapag pakasal po ulit kami. Maraming salamat po.

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  6. Kasal po ako sa asawa ko since June 28, 2013, kaya lang po hindi ako matanggap ng buong angkan nya, dahil may nauna syang partner at may anak pa po cla pero hindi kasal. Ano pong maganda kong gawin para makaalis po sa kasal na ito. Dahil hindi rin po ako makapamuhay ng maayos at masaya, ayoko rin pong magkaanak sa asawa ko dahil madalas din po kami kung magaway. Gustong gusto ko na po sya ibalik sa pamilya nya para maging maayos na rin ang buhay ko. Pero wala naman po akong sapat na pera para ipawalang bisa ang aming kasal. Yung pamilya ko nagagalit narin sa akin dahil nagdala lang daw ako ng problema sa bahay namin. Hindi nya ko kayang buhayin sa bahay ng magulang ko kami nakasiksik, ako ang bumubuhay sa sarili ko. Ano po ba maipapayo nyo sa akin para maibalik ko po ang asawa ko sa pamilya nya at dating kinakasama. Dahil kahit po ngayon ung una nya kinakasama e ginugulo ako. Mapayuhan po sana ninyo ako, para matapos na po yung sakit ko sa ulo. Salamat po

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    1. file a legal separation case through the family court. the facts of your case does not have the grounds for annulment of your marriage.

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