Bill on easier marriage annulment hurdles House

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Posted at Jan 30 2018 08:02 AM | Updated as of Jul 30 2019 03:57 PM

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The House of Representatives has approved a proposed law that eliminates the costly judicial process for marriage annulment. 

Under the bill, marriage annulments approved by the Catholic Church or any other religious group will have the same effect as a civil annulment, making the legal process unnecessary. 

"Hindi na kailangan mag-file ulit in any court for judicial recognition of that annulment. You just file it with the proper civil registry," Deputy House Speaker Gwendolyn Garcia, co-author of House Bill 6779, told DZMM. 

The bill also allows either of the former spouses to marry again after recording their annulment in the civil registry and complying with the requirements of the Family Code, according to a press release from Congress. 

Annulled couples are also required to execute a public document on the partition of their properties, and the custody and support of their children. 

House bill 6779, entitled "An Act Recognizing the Civil Effects of Church Annulment Decrees" was co-authored by Leyte Rep. Yedda Marie Romualdez. 

DZMM, 30 January 2018