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having divorce recognized in the philippines

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Arresto Menor
We are Filipinos living abroad. If we decide to divorce here (while still having Filipino citizenship) will it still be recognized in the Philippines? or do we wait until we become naturalized citizens of this country before we jump into divorce, then have it recognized in the Philippines?

Please advise.


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Reclusion Perpetua
If both of you are Filipinos divorce will not be recognized under the Philippine law. If at least one of you is naturalized under the country you are in and divorce is allowed, then you may do so.

Better have it annulled if it would be quite a time before either of you is naturalized.

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Arresto Menor
Thanks Ibong Adarna.

My husband will be filing for annulment next week . But i'm still keen on filing a divorce (probably before the year ends, when i get naturalized) because i want the alimony, custody rights done here and not in the Philippines. Anyway, will it affect the speed of annulment decision if the family court in the Philippines knows that i am filing a divorce at the same time? I hope not, so please advice.

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i agree that you should wait till you are naturalized to file for divorce, and it may be better to do it where you are based.

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