The Philippines is one of the few places in the world - alongside the Vatican and Malta - where divorce is still prohibited.
Annulments are currently too expensive for anyone but the rich to contemplate.
First, couples have to prove that their marriage licence is not valid or that one person is, in legal terms at least, psychologically incapacitated.
It is an expensive procedure, and Congressman Neri Colmenares says the system discriminates against those who cannot afford to hire lawyers and psychiatrists.
He wants the bill to be simplified, so that anyone who can prove their partner has been violent, abandoned the family home or is guilty of infidelity is automatically assumed to have a form of "psychological incapacity".
Mr Colmenares is from a minority party, and he is likely to face a tough challenge, not just from opponents in Congress but also the powerful Catholic Church.
But whether his bill succeeds or not, it highlights a glaring disparity - while poor people can be trapped for years in abusive marriages, it is not uncommon for the rich to have more than one marriage annulled.
Steps and Procedure in Annulment and Declaration of Nullity of Marriage
1. Make sure it is the last resort.
2. Realize that it will cost you.
3. Discuss the custody of children, visitation rights, property arrangements and support.
4. Make sure to invoke a valid ground.
aba eh parang divorce lang yan ah! except that only the rich can do it.
catholics say divorce is against the bible so they invented "annulment" which is practically the same thing! this is hyprocicy at its finest.
Annulment is a legal procedure for declaring a marriage null and void. Unlike divorce, it is usually retroactive, meaning that an annulled marriage is considered to be invalid from the beginning almost as if it had never taken place
YEAH RIGHT! never taken place daw. sarili na lang lolokohin pa!
MAY ANNULMENT BA SA BIBLE?
Dear filipino catholics, why cant you be like the Catholics in Rome? They allow divorce in there!