Counting the Cost: Understanding Annulment Costs in the Philippines

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Annulment cost in the Philippines

How much is an annulment in the Philippines nowadays? What are the usual fees? What are the different stages in the process? These are some of the most common questions we get asked every day. Unfortunately, it can be very difficult to give an accurate quote as the cost of an annulment can vary enormously, depending on the circumstances and complexity of the case. The price starts at about 250K and can rise to over 600K. There are many reasons why it is difficult to give a fixed price such as: lawyer’s fees, court fees, the age and residency status of the petitioner and respondent, whether the case is contested or not, the probability of getting a favorable decision, etc. Therefore, it is important to bear in mind that legal services are generally priced at an hourly rate, not a fixed fee. The annulment cost in the Philippines can vary significantly depending on legal fees and other associated expenses.

Annulment is a process that declares a marriage null and void. There are six grounds to declare a marriage annulled, and it may be best to consult your lawyer on which grounds best fit your case. Annulment will prevent the declaration of a former marriage as void or bigamous when either party wants to remarry. The status of children will be legitimized under the instances of Article 36 and 53. Any donations made to the other party may be revoked if they are based on grounds stipulated in Article 45. Any properties given to each other will be enforced with proper disposal or restoration to prevent any damage to properties under Article 49. An action to quiet title will eliminate any issues at clouded titles on parcels of real property sold by a party to the marriage under the provision of Article 52, so long as the cancellation for the action is recorded in the place of entry. Under the instances of Article 45-47, any maintenance of problems between parties to the marriage will be ended. If found any fault of one of the parties to the marriage, an adequate and sufficient support as may be justified by the condition of the parties to the marriage and circumstances shall be awarded to the innocent. Lastly, a sworn declaration of assets and liabilities, and financial support will enforce write officers to both parties to declare their full and true declaration of their respective earnings.

When married couples encounter irreconcilable differences, it may be the best option for them to part ways. Legal separation can be availed of by married couples, but they remain married to each other. They may avail of legal separation for reasons of finances, problems and benefits of children, and to preserve religious belief. Although some non-Filipino individuals opt for divorce in their respective countries, divorce is not applicable for Filipino citizens. With any annulment cases, legal separation will not change the civil status of the individual. Divorces and other marriages are not permitted, and children born out of wedlock are acknowledged as legitimate.

Authorized cause of termination

In general terms, an authorized cause of termination was defined under labor jurisprudence as a just or valid ground for termination by the employer. If the termination is due to authorized causes, the fact of termination is not disputed, and the averment is that the termination was without compliance with the legal mandate requiring payment of separation pay. The fourfold test is not at issue; it is applicable to an alleged illegal termination. On the other hand, if the fact of termination is in question, a claim that the employee has gone on absence without leave amounts to an accusation of abandonment of employment, and there are cases in which the facts necessitate a determination of what the real ground of termination was. But when the employment has been terminated by the employer under a claim that there has been a redundancy or retrenchment, these are the situations of which the general types have been institutionalized in the Philippines in the law as a ground for termination of employment. This must be distinguished from a case in which an employee employed for a specific project or undertaking has been dismissed without legal cause before the end of the project or undertaking. Lastly, where the course of action of an employee in a case other than redundancy or retrenchment has led to his being constructively dismissed. The easiest way to say that if both parties agree that the termination is due to redundancy and retrenchment, a step-by-step process will be applied to assess and determine the employer’s liability for termination.