Your cause is favored by jurisprudence. Pursuant to Article 376 of the Civil Code of the Philippines, no person can change his name or surname without judicial authority. Judicial proceedings must be undertaken in order to determine whether the petition is meritorious under the circumstances and a consequent grant of change of name or surname must be made.
Here is a step by step guide on all you need to know about the annulment process Philippines, just get some points and analyze things for your advantage:
BE FIRM IN YOUR DECISION. Many people may be carried away by their emotions that may lead them to decide to have an annulment. Before you ever decide to file for an annulment, make sure that it is your last resort because this can be a very long battle, plus it will also cost you A LOT. If you think that getting married is expensive, getting an annulment is more expensive because you need to hire an attorney, and at the same time a psychiatrist.
MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE A VALID GROUND. There are many rules as to how you should file for an annulment. One of the most important rule is to base your decision on a certain ground for annulment. Parental consent (if the couple failed to get a parental consent during their marriage when one of them was within 18-21 years old), of unsound mind, Fraud, Force, Impotence (when one of the spouse is not capable of providing for the family), or STD.
WRITING OUT YOUR MARITAL HISTORY. This is where the role of the psychiatrist takes place. One of the requirements when filing for an annulment is to write a narrative testimony of your marriage. Make sure to give emphasis on the details like the start of the marriage, which point of the marriage did the conflict happen, why it happened, how it happened, and up to the end of your relationship. Include also the personality of your spouse.
PREPARATION AND FILING FOR THE PETITION. The petitioner (or the one who filed the annulment) must file the petition in the family court of the province, or the city where the couple resides. Even if you already reside out of the country, you can still file for a petition for annulment. The court will then issue a provisional and protective orders.
SUMMON. After the petitioner files for an annulment, the court then gives a notice to the respondent that a file for annulment has been made. The respondent must answer within 15 days
INVESTIGATION OF COLLUSION. Some courts have to make sure that there are no conspiracies between the parties
PRE-TRIAL AND TRIAL CONFERENCE. This is the stage wherein certain matters are discussed within the court whether or not the petition of annulment will be declared. At this stage, it wouldn’t even matter if the respondent didn’t appear in court. In some cases, many would prefer the absence of the respondent in order to avoid emotional contact.