Marry live-in partner

Cristine Garcia
is in the Philippines

My partner and I are living together for 9 years. We cannot get married because he was already married 15 years ago. His wife is now living in Japan with her own family (she married a Japanese guy)... Pwede ba na gamitin ang MC nya with her Japanese husband to void yung kasal nila ng partner ko dito sa Pinas at para makapagpakasal kame?

Translation: My partner and I have been living together for 9 years now. We could not get married because he had been married 15 years ago. But his wife is now living in Japan, married to a Japanese guy and with their own family. Can the marriage certificate of my partner's wife and her Japanese husband be used to void or annull my partner's marriage, so we would be free to get married?

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Adelaimar C Arias-Jose
is a Legal expert in the Philippines
Let's see, your live-in partner was married to a Filipina. They separated and the Filipina married a Japanese citizen. Now, your partner wants to have his marriage annulled. Kaso, gusto niyang gamitin iyong marriage certificate nung dati niyang wife sa Japanese? Ganoon ba?

Naku, when a woman has two marriages, it is usually the first one that is valid and the second one is the one that is null and void. So, hindi ninyo puedeng gamitin iyong MC niya sa Japanese para ma-annul iyong marriage niya. Puede siguro, kung ang gagawin ninyo ay magpa-file kayo ng annulment on the basis of psychological incapacity -- na hindi niya batid ang obligasyon ng marriage dahil sa nagpakasal siya ulit sa iba kahit na kasal na siya.

Kaso, bubuweltahan lang niya kayo na kayo man ay gusto din ninyong ipa-annul lamang ang dating kasal para kayo ay makapag-pa-kasal sa iba. So, stalemate.

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Adelaimar C Arias-Jose

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