Cost and Expenses in Seeking Annulment: How Much Does it Cost to Get an Annulment?

There are a lot of questions posted here and at the Forum as to how much will it cost for an annulment. The standard reply is: it depends. We could not possibly speak for the standard fees charged by all lawyers and the costs would normally go up if the case drags on as a result of contingencies (as when hearings are postponed for various reasons). It would also depend on the ground or grounds for annulment or declaration of nullity.

An Inquirer news reads in part:

The move, according to lawyer Nimfa Cuesta-Vilches, assistant court administrator, is meant to regulate the fees of doctors and medical experts following complaints from litigants that their services have become costly.

“Before, the fee was around P10,000 to P15,000 per case. Now, the fees ranged from P20,000 to more than P30,000,” she said.

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“Psychiatrists appeared to have agreed to charge the uniform rate of P30,000 that many clients could not afford,” a lawyer said.

An accreditation system would prevent them from turning their services into a business that would be detrimental to the cause of poor litigants.

In other words, the Supreme Court is considering an accreditation system for psychiatrists and psychologists who examine couples seeking to annul their marriages. The report and testimony of psychiatrists and psychologists are needed should a petitioner seek a declaration of nullity based on Article 36 of the Family Code (Psychological Incapacity). [See also Who Shoulders the Fees for Annulment Cases?; for further questions, use the “contact us” function in the site menu.]

I presume that the need for accreditation will be the subject of a study by the Supreme Court should it pursue this move. In the meantime, let’s hear what you have to say about this move.

22 comments

  1. I just wanna know if conversion to Islam can be a ground for annulment of marriage between 2 Christians prior to said conversion.. It is haram in Islam for a Muslim and non-Muslim to live together as husband and wife. I also learned that upon conversion, previous marriage is automatically null and void but that is in other countries where divorce is legal. how abt in Philippines? ow long and how much will it cost for the annulment on this ground? thank you and more power.

  2. On the ground of forced marriage, can one file a nullity of marriage (validly married for 1 year), but the other spouse is not present, or has been missing since the absent spouse cannot be located and no one knows her whereabouts?

    Thank you

  3. good pm,.

    ask ko lng about sa situation nmn ng bf ko nw,. balak sna nya mag file ng annulment, almost 10 years na silang hiwalay mula ng ikasal sila ng asawa nya at may isa silang anak, nagpakasal lng sila pero hnd sila nakatira sa isang bahay,. kung baga sapilitang kasalan dahil nabuntis nga nya ito, at nagkaroon sila ng kanya kanyang panibagong relasyon,. at yung bf ko nagkaroon ng kalive in at anak pero hnd rin nagtagal nagkahiwalay din sila almost 5 years narin, at sa ngayon nmn isang taon na kmi may relasyon at balak nrin lumagay sa tahimik pero syempre yung makakasal kmi, pwede na ba itong grounds para mapawalang bisa yung kasal nya sa una nyang asawa,.. at magkanu ang magiging gastos nmn para dito. maraming salamat, matulungan nyo sana ako..antayin ko nlng po ang reply nyo..

  4. MORE THAN 9 YEARS NA KAMING HIWALAY NG EX HUSBAND KO.INFACT MY SECOND FAMILY NA SYA WITH 2 CHILDREN NOW.MERON KAMING ANAK,ONE DAUGHTER. MATAGAL KO NG GUSTONG MAG FILE NG ANNULMENT.PERO DIKO ALAM SINONG LAWYER ANG LALAPITAN KO TO BE MY LAWYER PERO DI NAMAN GAANO KA EXPENSIVE ANG CHARGE.
    CAN YOU HELP ME NAME SOME LAWYER FOR ANNULMENT?
    THANKS

  5. Almost 10 years n poh kmi hiwalay ng ngin asawa ko pareho kmi menor de edad n npakasal kmi 18years old ako at sya ay 19years old ilang bwan lng kmi nagsma umalis ako n pinas s dhilang usto ko mgtrabaho at humiwalay n s ngin asawa ko hndi k kya mkisma s family nya hndi kmi nkaanak mula n mghiwalay kmi hndi n kmi ngkausap pa at nwla n comunication nmin now my sarili n cya family my anak n din sya usto k poh snan kumuha n annulment ano poh gwin ko mkakakuha poh b ako ngayon nsa 28years old nko usto k n mgkaroon ng sarili k din familya till now nver kmi ngka usap ng nging asawa ko ano poh pwede ko gawin pra mkakuha ng annulment marami poh slamat ….

  6. balak mag-file ng annulment ng husband…possible po ba ma-grant ang annulment kung wala ng pagmamahal ang lalaki sa wife nya?

  7. I was married December of 2009. He has dual citizenship German and Filipino citizen. He has no work now and I am working abroad. We have a son, which my parents and my mother-in-law take turns in taking care of him. My husband is alcoholic. He hates my family especially when we argue he threatens to kill them. Whenever we argue and he gets angry he bad mouths me. Even before we get married he said that if he finds out that I am helping my family financially he would really curse them and would really get mad at me. One time I asked him why he still has no work, he said that he doesn’t want to. I’m really devastated and worried for my son’s future with him. He is behaving like a lunatic. Sometimes he is sweet but often times he acts like a crazy out of his mind addict. He is irresponsible. When his family sold a property he gave me 100k php for our son.. And now he wants me to give it back, the whole amount. I guess he doesn’t have money anymore. I’m sending him money every month. He drinks with his friends. And he is not using the money for our son. My mother-in-law is the one shouldering my son’s needs. Pls. help me I want an annulment. thank you.

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