Validity of Secret Marriage
1 Validity of Secret Marriage on Mon Mar 04, 2013 8:54 pm
4 Re: Validity of Secret Marriage on Tue Mar 05, 2013 5:51 pm
Under Article 4 of the Family Code, The absence of any of the essential or formal requisites shall render the marriage void ab initio, except as stated in Article 35 (2).
A defect in any of the essential requisites shall not affect the validity of the marriage but the party or parties responsible for the irregularity shall be civilly, criminally and administratively liable.
Art. 35. The following marriages shall be void from the beginning:
(2) Those solemnized by any person not legally authorized to perform marriages unless such marriages were contracted with either or both parties believing in good faith that the solemnizing officer had the legal authority to do so;
Hence, even if both of you does not belong to the same church with the solemnizing officer, if you believe in good faith that such solemnizing officer has authority to do so, then your marriage is valid.
If you want to file an annulment, there must be a valid ground to support the petition.
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