Failure to Have a Child (infertility) is Not a Ground for Annulment; Refusal to Have Sex is Tricky

A warning: this article requires parental guidance. Children and minors, stop reading. The query goes like this: “Atty, kasal po ako pero in 2 months nagpasya kaming maghiwalay kasi di me satisfy sa kanya at dipa sia manganganak.” I really have to retain the gist of that query, even if I have to make slight changes on how it is worded. The issue is this: if the wife cannot conceive (or, conversely, if the husband is infertile) and the spouses cannot have children, is this enough ground for annulment? The related issue: if a spouse is not sexually satisfied with his/her partner, is this a ground for annulment?

First, check the grounds for annulment. If you’ve gone through the article, and its discussion on the grounds for annulment, you’ll discover that infertility is NOT a ground for annulment. Yes, impotence is a ground for annulment, but impotence is NOT. Impotence is being “physically incapable of consummating the marriage with the other.” Impotence relates to the sexual act. Infertility is being able to do the sexual act, yet not being able to conceive. Infertility is not a ground for annulment.

Sexual satisfaction (or the lack of it), on the other hand, is a bit tricky. It is not in that list of grounds for annulment. However, the obstinate and unjustified refusal to engage in sexual congress may serve as basis for a finding of psychological incapacity, a separate ground to declare a marriage void from the very beginning. The retained lawyer has to sift through the facts, determine which are relevant and make an assessment whether there is ground to support a petition for annulment or declaration of nullity. So, who says family law practice isn’t interesting?

9 comments

  1. Gud day po atty. 24yrs na po kming kasal up to now. Wala po kming anak, ofw asawa ko 20yrs na cyang na sa abroad, last feb 2014 nagkausap kmi sbi nya friends nlang daw kmi kc my boyfriend na cya, nung naiopen ko ung acct nya sa fb my mha pictures cla nung bf nya na nka post pa sa acct nya, so kinopya ko po pati mga comments. Tanong kolang po kung pwede akong mgfile ng kasong bigamy sa kanila at kung pwede kong gamiting ebidencya yung mga pictures na nakopya ko. Tenx po i need your advice godbles po

    1. The proper suit to file will be adultery.. it is only bigamy if you can prove that she contracted a second marriage with her “bf”.. however, since our criminal code is territorial in nature, our courts can only acquire jurisdiction over your wife if she is inside Philippine territory.. btw, are you seeking retribution, or do you still love your wife? I suggest you only file a suit if you are seeking retribution….

      just my two cents

  2. Atty. 2006 akong kinasal nagkahiwalay kami ng husband ko 2008 kasi Hindi kami magkasundo in all aspect..and we decided na mag hiwalay.. ngayon po may kanya kanya na kaming pamilya at anak at gusto Kong pakasalan ang lalaking mahal ko ngayon.. pero Hindi ko mapapakasalan sya kasi Hindi pa ako annul. ano po ang pwede Kong e file na kaso para annul yung kasal sa una Kong asawa?
    salamat po…

  3. Atty.isang buwan lang kami nagsama ng asawa ko matapos kami magpaksal s huwis,bago kami ikasal alam niyang diko siya mahal ngaun gusto ko siyang hiwalayan gsto ko sana mag file ng annulment magkano ba ang magastos ko.sa calamba kami ikinasal.ty

  4. Atty. Ask ko lng po kung paano po ma aanull ung marriage ko sa isang Japanese. Nagpakasal po aq sa isang Hapones na mas may edad sa akin year 2011. 26 years old po aq nun at siya naman ay 64 yrs. Old, hindi po kami nagsama sa isang bahay mula nuong ikinasal kami. Dahil pagkatapos po ng kasal kinabukasan ay lumipad na siya papuntang Japan. Pinangakoan po nya aq na kkunin sa Japan pero hanggang ngayon ay wla na po akong balita. Nuong unang mga buwan ay nagsusustento pa siya sa akin, tumatawag nagpapadala ng mga chocolates at sulat pero nung 2013 po ay umuwi siya humingi siya ng pacensya kung bakit d p aq naissama sa Japan kc dw busy siya sa work at dw nya maintindihan ung mga kailangan documents ipasa sa immigration. Pero un na po ang huli pagkikita namin at pag uusap dahil mula noon ay di na siya tumawag at di ko n rin po siya ma contact. Ngayon po ay mayroon na akong bagong kinakasama at meron 1 yr old na anak. Gusto po sana namin magpakasal kaya lng ay kasal p nga po aq sa hapon.. paano po ba ang magandang proseso ng pag papa anull. Salamat po

  5. Atty tanong ko lng po kung pwede ipainvalidate ang kasal ng boyfriend kong deacon na my vow not to marry, kinasal po sya sa civil last february 10,2016 sa una nyang girlfriend. Ngaun po buntis po ako at sabi nya pwede pa daw kami makapagpakasal sa simbahan. Gusto ko pong malaman kung posible pa kaming maikasal since wala naman sya nak don sa pinakasalan nya at balak nyang hiwalayan. I need your advice po. Salamat

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