Issues on Money, Family, Friends, Marriage and Annulment

Can money, family, friends issues in our marriage be filed for annulment? I’ve been married for 2 years but a lot of issues has completely destroyed our marriage and i want to file an annulment. I am currently living abroad.” (We will feature certain comments so we save time when addressing related concerns. No legal advice, only legal information. See discussion below.)

There’s absolutely no doubt that money, family and friends affect any marriage. The effect can be good or bad, of course. But will a negative effect on marriage provide enough basis to annul a marriage or declare it as void?

Money, family and friends — individually or collectively — generally cannot be used as a ground for annulment. The Family Code does not list down “money problems” or “family problems” or “problems with friends” as basis for annulment. For instance, when it comes to family, it’s interesting to note that in a recent case we’ve opposed on behalf of the wife, the court noted that: “Marriage is far too sacred an institution to be set aside merely because one cannot get along with his or her in-laws.”

A money-related (or family-related) issue, per se, cannot be used as a ground for annulment. On the other hand, these issues might be manifestations of psychological incapacity that has been there before the marriage ceremony, even if the incapacity became manifest only during the marriage. Refer to the discussions on psychological incapacity.

4 comments

  1. hi,married po ako when i was 19 yo may anak po kame noon pero matagal na kame hiwalay.nagsama lang kame ng 3-4 na taon d pa tuloy tuloy kase nag aabroad ako dati ngaun may bago na ako pamilya at 10 years na kame nagsasama may mga anak na din po kame kaso d kame pede makasal kasi kasal ako sa una.
    pwede po buh madeclare ng nullity ng marraige noon kase nung kinasal kame pinakasal kame ng magulang kase nag aaral ako s catholic school at nabuntis ako at para mapag patuloy ko pag aaral ko kailangan makasal kame.
    nag sign sa parent consent ang parent ko pera later na realized nila na d pala dapat and iniencourouged nila ako na wag na ituloy ang kasal but nahihiya na ako sa part ng lalaki kase naka prepare na sila lahat and mabait nman sila dati and that time nasa kanila na ako nakatira.
    nung raw ng kasal d dumating ang pamilya ko wala ako bisita sa side ko..and ako din later after ko manganak narealized ko na d dapat ang kasal kaso nahihiya na ako tumanggi kase naka prepare na sila lahat…
    ngaun ko narealized na mali pala talaga ang kasal na yun in teh fidrt place kase mga bata pa kame noo..
    i was 19years old that time and teh guy is also 19years old.
    anu po dapat gawin??hope you can advice me.thank you

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  2. Good morning. I am a mother of two kids. 10 yr old and 4 yr old w/ diagnosed Autism spectrum disorder. My husband has been depriving me of substantial financial support throughout our 10 yr marriage up until now (Php5k per payday for a person earning Php81k a month). He had cheated twice on me already. his recent affair has been going on for 2 years and still active as of the moment. I am very intent on leaving my husband because of these reasons. But I cannot do so because of fear that financial support on my kids will not be secured once we leave him. I just want to compel him to get the proper financial child support and full custody (w/visitation rights only) for my kids. Hope your good office could provide free legal advise or probono services to help me out on how to go about the processes involved.

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  3. ,.,ask lang po ako advice .,.,gusto po kasi mkipaghiwalay at ipa.annul ng exboyfriend ko yung kasal niya sa asawa niya ngayon.,,pinakasalan niya po ang babae dahil sa akalang kanya ang batang dinadala nito.,.pero napaamin niya ang asawa niya na hindi siya ang ama nito.,.pero mai anak na din po sila ngayon,.,pwede po ba ito maging rason para ma.annul ang kasal nila.,.,hope your good office could give me legal advice on this matter.

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  4. Good day po.i was married when i was 17 yrs old,do the contract signing on a church wedding,the witnesses signed also on that day…the pastor only releases our marriage contract after i got 18…do you think the marriage is legal or void?

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