New Family of Spouse Not a Ground for Annulment

There’s a common issue relating to annulment and whether it’s enough ground when the other spouse has started a new family. It usually runs like this: I am married and we have separated years ago (some say they have no kids, some say with kids) and my spouse has started his/her own family (some say there are kids in the “other” family, some say no kids yet). Is the fact that the spouse has a new family sufficient to support a petition for annulment?

Let’s have a separate post for this specific issue so we’ll save time in addressing similar issues. It’s rare that we get to sit and have enough time to sift through the issues.

A lot — and I mean a lot — of married individuals are living together without nullifying a previous marriage (for a number of reasons, including the annulment costs and the fact that no one is really complaining). The mere fact that one (or both) spouses of a marriage separate and start a new “family” is not a ground for annulment. It doesn’t matter if there are kids in the first family. It doesn’t matter that there are kids in the second family. It doesn’t matter if the partners in the second family got married.

7 comments

  1. Hello po hingi mo sna ako ng advice kung gawin,kc po hiwalay n kmi ng asawa mo 10yrs npo,cmula n nghiwalay po kmi hndi koo alam kung asan xia, khit anak ko hndi nya pa nkikita ang papa nya ei mag 11yrs old npo ang anak ko.pwede n kaya ako mkasal??

    1. Parehas pala tayo ng case gusto ko rin sanang malaman kung mas madaling ma annul ung marriage ko dahil matagal ng walabg ugnayan. At kahit ang anak namin dibpa rin nakikita tatay niya until now.

  2. Hi po, my marriage certificate po kmi n knasal kmi ng January 5, 2010, pero walang seremonya n nangyari, pumirma lang kaming dlawa s marriage certificate December 26, 2009 kasi lolo nya ang pari pro nag apply nman po kmi ng marriage license kya yun LNG hnintay bgo ipinasa s municpyo yung papel, buntis n po KC aq nun at my babaeng nagrereklamo s knya n nbuntis din nya pero aq dw ang Mahal nya.. November 2012 naasign sya s Syria as UN peace keeping officer kung saan my nakilala syang ofw n taga pangasinan my srili ding pmilya s pilipinas at nging cla. May 3 2013 cnabihan q syang mghiwalay nlang kmi. December umuwi cla dto s pilipinas, umuwi kmi ng anak q s knila pra mg usap.. Hbang nandoon kami, nalaman q n alam ng mga kapatid at nanay nya about s knila ng babae. Hanggang nag away kami at sinabi nyang kya lang nya aq pinakasalan para mkatakas s babaeng nagreklamo s kanya. Kya umalis kmi ng anak q. Pwde po kayang iconsider yun for annulment?

  3. Im really hoping that the time will come na puede na magfile ng Marriage Contract expiration, kasi napakahigpit, more than 10 years na hiwalay sa legal na asawa pero binded parin ng kasal na di namn na pinahahalagahan, there should be an exemption sa batas.

    Kasi wala ng saysaya yung kasal na di na na celebrate kasi may kani-kaniyang pamilya na,
    ang hirap at mahal mag file ng annulment tapos di pa sure kung ibibigay sa iyo, paano maayos ang mga buhay ng kagaya namin na minsan nagkamali…

    I hope there is a way, other than sighting Family Code Laws which only says Death is the only way for freedom.

  4. Hi, ask lang po how will i check kung na annulled na ang marriage ko with my wife? Hiwalay na po kmi for more than 10 yrs at may anak na rin sya sa iba. She said na she filed na annulled for us pro wla po akong update sa process since wla kaming constant na communication and up to now were not in good terms. Nasa pilipinas ako at sya ofw. Nkita ko sa facebook nya na iba na ang last name nya at ay pictures sya of wedding with his new husband. Okay lng nman po sa akin yun kasi matagal na rin po na panahon ang lumipas. Gusto ko lang po malaman kung paano ko ma-check na annulled na talaga ang marriage namin? Thank you.

  5. Hi, my dad was married twice. The first wife was already married after he married my mom. Void po ba yung kasal ng mom ko (2nd wife) with my dad kahit naikasal na rin sa iba yung first wife? Please let me know the answer.

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