My marriage was Declared Null and Void. Please don't lash out on my ignorance as we did not do it by the book. Decision and Finality issued on 2009. I admit my ignorance and I know that 'ignorance of the law excuses no one', but I was really made to believe that was the best way to do it for everyone involve and since my ex husband was more than willing to sign din naman po. I recall he did sign some documents, 'summon' po yata yun.
Fast forward, things went well. I received all documents like Annotated Marriage Contract, CEMAR with declaration of absoulite nullity. I was able to renew my passport 2years ago on my maiden name. And I was over the moon for it kasi I thought things are almost perfect. Na nabalik na maiden name ko and I have all the documents.
Then I met my new partner (foreigner) where I work overseas and we've been together for quite a while and finally decided to settle down. That's when I pulled my files/documents where I kept them all this time. I checked and sa paghahanap ko po ng info regarding requirements on getting married abroad, I came across this sad truth. I found out that the judge who granted the decision on my 'annulment' was disbarred and that's when it hit me. Hindi ko na po alam anong gagawin ko. I know I should have known better but I've been working overseas and wouldn't be allowed by my company to fly back and forth sa Philippines for my personal issue. And I did not know whether during that time I could have been allowed to file the annulment from overseas. I could have given up my job but I need to keep on working as I am the one supporting and raising my son.
When I found out about that, I tried my best to seek advice for legal remedy. On how to make things right, at this stage that I have already changed status and reinstated my maiden name, but I can't find any information
I really need your advice. If we get married here abroad, is our marriage valid? And if I report our marriage to the Phil Embassy, what are the risks? I've seen other posts saying they've been accused of 'fraud and misrepresentation', and I am so worried now po. Please please share your thoughts on this.