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.

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  1. marell

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  2. Kyle

    Ask ko lng po, 2007 nung mbuntis ako sa ex bf ko at ng decide kmi pakasal sa reverent.. Before one year nghiwalay po kmi.. So until now d n kmi ngsama at nag work me now sa thailand at xa sa barko.. Ngka bf me dito sa thailand ng foregner at engagement n kmi now.. Nlaman ko sa x hubby ko na fake birth certificate ung pinasa nia n documents at ngtry me kumuha ng cenomar at n confirm ko na married ako even na fake ung birth certifcate na ginamit nia.. May chance po ba na mainvalid ung marriage contract ko or need ko pa din kumuha ng attorney pra iprocess eto..? At magknu po kya nid ibayad if ever? Thanks

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  3. queenie

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  4. jane

    hi ask ko lng po I was 20 years old ng kinasal po kame sa city ng manila kaya lng po d po alam ng parents ko n kinasal po kame then wala rin pong wedding ceremony or ring and wala din po yung mga parents nya then sabi po ng nagkasal s amin yung record po ng kasal nmen ay hindi s manila city hall nasa san juan daw po kasi tago daw po yung marriage nmen…legal b po ang marriage namen? ano ba po ang dapat kong gawen matagal n po kameng hiwalay 6 years ago n po…

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  5. Flor

    Hi po atty ask ko po Kung ano ang dapat kung gawin kinasal po ako noong 2004 at
    2 mos lng po kami nagsama at akoy umalis nangibang bansa dahil na rin po gulo ng pamilya ng asawa ko at noon po hindi na ako bumalik pa sa kaniya at ngayon po ay may kinakasama na syang iba at May 2 na po silang anak,sa kasalukuyan po 10 yrs na po kaming hiwalay it is possible po ba makapagfile ako ng annullment at mga magkano po ang magiging cost nito???pls answer my question and thank you po

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  6. Nora

    Hi atty. Hope you can help me clarify my situation since I do not know where things stand now. I am separated to my husband for 4 years now and I know he just had his new child with another woman he’s living with. I am living with my partner and our 2 kids from my ex since I don’t have a child with my partner yet but planning to have one in the future. I do not know how to look at the situation, and how will things be legally, if I decided to have another child with my new partner. Hope you can really say your advice on my situation. Thank you very much.
    Nora

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  7. Daniel T.Alejandro

    What should i do since my wife confess to me that she have an affair to other man and she is pregnant to that guy she is a OFW and she commit it when she was in taiwan the guy is a OFW also my wife was break her contract because of the situation but the guy was still at taiwan he is also legal marriage. right now i dont know were is my wife staying i’d like to filled an annulment case since we are legally civil marriage.and also can i filled a case agaist the guy since he is still at taiwan working as an OFW and what kind of case ?
    for my wife i’d like to filled also a annulment case we have a 2 child on my custody right now she told me when she recover after giving birth she will get the kids on my custody please give me an advice what legal matters should i do?
    sa pangkalahatan po atty gusto kong ipawalang bisa ang kasal namin sa legal na paraan dahil apilido ko pa din po ang dinadala nya lalo na ngayong alam ko na babalik ulit sya sa ibang bansa bilang isang OFW pag kapanganak nya magrerenew po sya ng passport this year …

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  8. max

    atty.married ako kasama ko asawa ko for2 yearsmy 2 kming anak.umalis ako pra mag work sa abroad pag uwi ko d kona nkita asawa ko sumama sa ibang lalaki dala pa nya dalawa naming anak. sunod na uwi ko umuwi din sila.nagkita kami di ko pla alam na buntis siya.sa iba.at bigla siyang nag laho hindi kmi nagkita mahigit na 6 years my tatlo na siyang anak.at ngayon umuwi siya at akoy ginugolo nya. atty. iwant advise from u. kng ano ang gagawin ko tnx..

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  9. leam

    Ghhh

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  10. leam

    Hello po..kinasal po kmi nung Aug 2005 in west (mayor).tas nlaman ko na Hindi Pala nakaregister yung birth certificate ng asawa ko but after a year I think 6 or 7 yrs saka Lang nila pinarehistro….gusto ko Lang malaman kung legal po yung marriage namin.want ko kasing makipaghiwalay kc hung 2007 nung first abroad may babae xa then after few years pinagtangkahan nya sung hipag ko minsan pinasok nya s kwarto.so now umalis cla s bhay ko ung asawa ko dhil s gnwa nya gal it mga Kuya ko and daddy ko especially me…pkihelp poh AQ.andito po ako ñgaun s I bang bansa…

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