Marriage, Nationality and Divorce
(Updated 30 July 2018)
By Atty. Rita Linda V. Jimeno
The story of Rosanne in my column last week triggered numerous reactions from readers that merit discussion. As a jump-off point, we shall encapsulate Rosanne’s case. Her Filipino husband who used to be loving and conscious of his familial obligations, abandoned all his duties toward her and their children when, as a result of his prolonged employment abroad, he found a new love. He then divorced her and married his lover with whom he now has two children.
We said that there is a gap in our family law because while her husband is no longer married to her, she remains married to him, an incongruous situation which our family law offers no solution to… Read Full Article Here
Logically You Can Not Be Married and Unmarried (Divorced) At The Same Time
I’ve had a number of online conversations lately about folks in the same or similar situations as the lady described in Attorney Jimeno’s article.
There is always a lot of discussion when a foreigner and a Filipino marry, often centering around where the marriage should take place and where, or when (if ever) they could divorce.
Now to most people’s logic, “marriage” and “divorce” (or “annulment”) are binary options. You can’t be in both situations at the same time.