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Priest and mayor say my marriage is invalid, is it?

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Charlieturner


Arresto Menor
I'm foreigner and married a filippina last year in 2012, shortly after the marriage (11days) she run away. I reported her missing and was very worried of why this was happening. 10 days after she run away I had to meet her in the local police station and there she told me and many of the police officers that she was forced to marry me by her mother.

The police officers and even the mayor herself told me my marriage will be seen as invalid because of these circumstances. Shortly after that I went to the priest, told him what happened and he (and also the municipality) gave me back all 4 marriage certificates and everybody told me my marriage is invalid. Of the marriage certificates, 3 got destroyed and  I still have the last one.

I did not hear anything from my 'wife' since we had last seen in police station almost 1 year ago. And her family has broken communication with me shortly after I started to realize they had something to do with this situation.

There is no registration at NSO, my embassy or in my country.
And persons like the solemnizing priest and the mayor told me the marriage is invalid.

So what is it now, valid or invalid?

Thank you

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tsi ming choi


Reclusion Perpetua
The marriage is invalid. But only the courts can declare such invalidity, not the priest neither the mayor. However, since your marriage was not recorded in NSO, lucky for you, you can still remarry.

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