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I’m retired and hope to be moving to the Philippines within the next year.

Unfortunately my Philippine wife and I divorces some years ago. But we are still best of friends, believe it or not. In any case, I’ve heard there is no divorce in the Philippines. Since our divorced was done in America, I’m wondering what my status will be in the Philippines.

Will the government still consider us married?

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I’m retired and hope to be moving to the Philippines within the next year.

Unfortunately my Philippine wife and I divorces some years ago. But we are still best of friends, believe it or not. In any case, I’ve heard there is no divorce in the Philippines. Since our divorced was done in America, I’m wondering what my status will be in the Philippines.

Will the government still consider us married?

Thanks
Maxx
My understanding is that since your divorce was done there and IF she is an American citizen, it will be valid and recognized here. However, this still may not be the case as I have never had to deal with that situation. As such, it might pay to contact the American Citizens Services office at the American Embassy in Manila to hopefully get good solid info...
 

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If your still in the US I recommend you contact the Philippine Embassy in DC
 
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My asawa is a filipina and her cousin married another Filipino. They divorced last year in Canada. He returned to the Philippines in September to marry his new partner, armed with his divorce papers. Unfortunately he was told that he had to apply for annulment as the Philippines does not recognise his divorce!

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news!
 

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I’m retired and hope to be moving to the Philippines within the next year.

Unfortunately my Philippine wife and I divorces some years ago. But we are still best of friends, believe it or not. In any case, I’ve heard there is no divorce in the Philippines. Since our divorced was done in America, I’m wondering what my status will be in the Philippines.

Will the government still consider us married?

Thanks
Maxx
This is an interesting subject, and could apply to all foreigners.

Q: were you married in the Philippines or in the USA ?

Q: was your Filipina wife a Philippine citizen at the time of your marriage or an American citizen ?

and you are correct, there is no divorce as such, in the Philippines to people who marry here, only the Anullment procedure, that is very costly 100.000 pesos plus, and takes anywhere from 1 - 3 years, if, and only if, you are lucky enough to come before a Judge here who will sanction it, some will not.
 

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I’m retired and hope to be moving to the Philippines within the next year.

Unfortunately my Philippine wife and I divorces some years ago. But we are still best of friends, believe it or not. In any case, I’ve heard there is no divorce in the Philippines. Since our divorced was done in America, I’m wondering what my status will be in the Philippines.

Will the government still consider us married?

Thanks
Maxx
Hi,
I have only looked briefly into this but this is what I have discovered.
They will recognise all divorces of foreigners but not filipino citizens. So if you are American married to Filipino and legally divorce in America you are allowed to remarry however you ex-wife is still classed as married as she is a Filipino citizen.
 

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Hi,
I have only looked briefly into this but this is what I have discovered.
They will recognise all divorces of foreigners but not filipino citizens. So if you are American married to Filipino and legally divorce in America you are allowed to remarry however you ex-wife is still classed as married as she is a Filipino citizen.
Even if she was legally married in another Country, NOT, the Philippines ?

Is that what you are saying ?
 

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There seems to be a lot of guessing and mis information going on here.

Wherever you marry doesn't matter. You can not get a divorce in the Philippines. If one partner is a foriegn national they can get a divorce outside of the Philippines and it will be recognised in the Philippines. You must lodge you divorce papers with the Philippine authorities (NSO I think) for it to be rcognised in the Philippines. If it is the foriegn national who instigates the divorce once lodged both parties are free to remarry, this is more important for the filipina. If it is the filipina who instigates the divorce outside the Philippines the divorce on her part will not be recognised by the Philippine authorities and will be considdered still married, but the foriegn spouce can remarry. I know that doesn't make sense and begs the question, would the foriegner be considdered to be commiting adultary whilst in the Philipppines?
 

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There seems to be a lot of guessing and mis information going on here.

Wherever you marry doesn't matter. You can not get a divorce in the Philippines. QUOTE]

Yes, that has previously been established that there is no divorce in the Philippines.

In your obvious wisdom, without any ''mis information or guessing'', can you answer this question ?:cool:

If a Filipina, who NEVER has married before, marries OUTSIDE of the Philippines IN ANOTHER COUNTRY OTHER THAN THE PHILIPPINES, and, then gets a divorce in that same OTHER country, and then comes back to the Philippines, is she free to marry in the Philippines, as if it is her first marriage in the Philippines ?

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There seems to be a lot of guessing and mis information going on here.

Wherever you marry doesn't matter. You can not get a divorce in the Philippines. QUOTE]

Yes, that has previously been established that there is no divorce in the Philippines.

In your obvious wisdom, without any ''mis information or guessing'', can you answer this question ?:cool:

If a Filipina, who NEVER has married before, marries OUTSIDE of the Philippines IN ANOTHER COUNTRY OTHER THAN THE PHILIPPINES, and, then gets a divorce in that same OTHER country, and then comes back to the Philippines, is she free to marry in the Philippines, as if it is her first marriage in the Philippines ?

Thanks.:)
Because the Philippines doesn't recognise divorce it doesn't recognise a citizen getting devorced full stop. It's the foriegn partners divorce that is recognised. That's why the foriegn partner must instigate the divorce not the Filipino. I'm not sure how that would effect a former Filipino who returns to the Philippines. If they don't return it wouldn't matter as the divorce will be fully legal in the country where the proceedings were carried out.

Regarding your question, if the Philippines in not aware I guess it wouldn't matter that in there eyes she will be committing bigotry. But to get married in the first place she would likely need to get paperwork from the Philippines which would be recorded.
 

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Because the Philippines doesn't recognise divorce it doesn't recognise a citizen getting devorced full stop. It's the foriegn partners devorce that is recognised. That's why the foriegn partner must instigate the divorce not the Filipino. I'm not sure how that would effect a former Filipino who returns to the Philippines. If they don't return it wouldn't matter as the divorce will be fully legal in the country where the proceedings were carried out.
Well, if that is correct, that if a maiden Filipina marries, say in the USA, and then divorces in the USA, and then returns to the Philippines, and the Philippines say she is still married, then, that is totally crazy, but I guess consistent with many other idiotic rules and of course no-rules that they have here..............:eek::rolleyes::frusty:

They can thank the Catholic Church for that one no doubt.:fencing:
 

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Fortunately the no-divorce thing in the Philippines does not affect me at all, I was just interested in the subject. Fascinated by the stupidity of some Countries Governments, including my own at times, rarely though, ...........however the Divorce system in Aust., is very civilised, quick, cheap and painless.;)
 

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Has anybody considered the PI govt is doing people a favor making it so hard to re-marry? Lol
Agreed,,,, Now if they could just figure out a way to get people to be more careful, and more sure of what they are doing BEFORE they get married in the first place..
 

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The trouble is that it's the women that suffer as the man just go off and cohabits with another women and start another family. If there was divorce and all the other bits and pieces that go with it like child responsibility perhaps thing would actually be better in the long run. Responsible men, there's something to think about
 

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This is an interesting subject, and could apply to all foreigners.

Q: were you married in the Philippines or in the USA ?

Q: was your Filipina wife a Philippine citizen at the time of your marriage or an American citizen ?

and you are correct, there is no divorce as such, in the Philippines to people who marry here, only the Anullment procedure, that is very costly 100.000 pesos plus, and takes anywhere from 1 - 3 years, if, and only if, you are lucky enough to come before a Judge here who will sanction it, some will not.
We were married in the Philippines and yes, she was and still is a Philippine citizen.

Here's another twist. After we were divorced in America, she re-married to another guy. And now she is divorced again.
 

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Hi,
I have only looked briefly into this but this is what I have discovered.
They will recognise all divorces of foreigners but not filipino citizens. So if you are American married to Filipino and legally divorce in America you are allowed to remarry however you ex-wife is still classed as married as she is a Filipino citizen.

REALLY !! Wow, that is very good. It's the first time I've heard that. If you have a link or anything I can read more about it, please post it. I'd like to investigate further.
 

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Hi,
I have only looked briefly into this but this is what I have discovered.
They will recognise all divorces of foreigners but not filipino citizens. So if you are American married to Filipino and legally divorce in America you are allowed to remarry however you ex-wife is still classed as married as she is a Filipino citizen.

REALLY !! Wow, that is very good. It's the first time I've heard that. If you have a link or anything I can read more about it, please post it. I'd like to investigate further.


That's not completely correct. As long as the American divorced the filipina the divorce will be recognised in the Philippines and she will also be able to remarry. The divorce must be recorded at the NSO for it to be recognised though.
 
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