Since there is no divorce law in the Philippines, it is legally necessary that a previously-married Filipino woman or man, whose spouse is still alive, get a legal civil annulment in order to marry again.
While we are not lawyers and cannot offer legal advice per se, based on our research and experience, we want to explain the generally-accepted process of civil annulment so that you will be prepared when you meet with your lawyer if you need to pursue this course. An attorney’s packaged acceptance fee typically ranges from 70,000 pesos (50) to 120,000 pesos (00).
The psychologist will then proceed to do the evaluation based on the tests and the interviews with the party or parties as well as other relevant witnesses.
The fourth step is the drafting, then filing, of the petition itself. After the filing of the petition, which must be signed by the requesting party (husband or wife), the case will be assigned to a branch of the Regional Trial Court.
Some charge additional fees for testifying in court.
(Normally, this fee is already included in the annulment package quoted by the attorney.) The spouse will be asked to join in the evaluation, but in most instances they do not participate in the evaluation process.
Remember: our advice is anecdotal and is not official legal advice.
The spouse will now be notified by sending papers, called summons, requiring the spouse to answer the petition within a number of days from receipt of the notice.
Collusion of marriage (both parties agreed to file an annulment) will also be investigated, a process wherein a public prosecutor will be assigned to a court and will be asked to determine if the parties involved are conspiring to file a case.
Cases where the spouse does appear can be even longer.
Constant communication and follow up are needed for the case to go smoothly and on schedule.The second step is writing the required marital history.