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paentteorn
6/4/2022 15:21 EST

Hi everyone,

Actually 3 questions:
1) what is the average cost of this process, it should be significant lower than an annulment?
2) is it true that this process has a duration of 2 years?
3) do you really need to do this in Manila or absolutely not as it must be done in the city where you married/registered?

Thanks in advance

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Asawa
6/7/2022 08:35 EST

Annulments used to be exceedingly rare for ordinary (Humble/poor) Philippine Citizens. Good article at:
http://www.gtalawphil.com/Philippine%20Annulment%20101_1.htm

Anything is possible. Some things are unlikely. However, some people are fortunate, persistent, or have the money to remove barriers.

I only recall one person in 25 years who I personally know of who achieved Annulments. Compare this to the three people I know who found it easier to have spouses declared legally dead (to be able to remarry) by hiring a lawyer, running ads in news papers, and doing investigations 5 years after seperation.

I knew another four who said to heck with it, and just decided to live with each other in the Philippines. Immigration proved impossible.

That's hardly scientific, but between 2002 and 2016 (when I stopped paying attention), Annulment seemed rare among the Fil-Am Girlfriends, Fiance and Wives circles.

And, women (who were married in the Philippines) who attempted to travel abroad for the purpose of getting divorced/married again (in a different country that would recognize it), were either denied or committed immigration fraud for failing to state the true intent of their travel. Most tourist visas do not cover "getting divorced and remarried".... they are for travel.

It's a tricky situation that usually leaves folks disappointed (in my experience).

-Asawa

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DarwinBarr
6/6/2022 23:39 EST

One of my friends has been married for 2 years and after he wanted to divorce. His wife didn't want it and asked for money for the process. He back to his country and made divorce documents there. After he back to the Philippines as a free man )

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surfingcebu
6/5/2022 01:34 EST

Paen- you need a Pinoy lawyer mate…. Not a BB or BB advise.

Law is tricky in the RP , the divorce of your GF may not be possible in every circumstance. Not the USA/ Canada here - thank gosh … making connections or paying off somebody in the court system could be your biggest mistake of your life asa foreigner .

Surf .

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