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1 FOREIGN DIVORCE on Sun Apr 08, 2018 1:33 pm


Arresto Menor

Hi how are you? I hope you can help and answer my question in regards to marrying again in the Philippines.

I am a Canadian citizen who married a Filipino national in the Philippines 10 years ago, I sponsored him to Canada and months later he arrived here.

Unfortunately 5 years ago we both decided that our marriage has failed and we filed for divorce. He already acquired canadian citizenship at the time of divorce.

A few years ago I met someone new in the Philippines, he is also a filipino national and fell in love. He proposed to me and I said yes. Can I remarry with no hassles?

From my understanding I don't have to file for a recognition of divorce in the Philippines, because the only purpose of this is TO CAPACITATE THE FILIPINO EX SPOUSE TO remarry; I am NOT A Filipino citizen NOR my EX HUSBAND WHEN I FILED FOR A DIVORCE, so WHAT IS THE USE or purpose OF THE petition for RECOGNITION OF DIVORCE? Filing a petition for foreign divorce recognition is only relevant for a filipino spouse, I am correct?

I'm confused because some are telling me that I don't have to worry about it because I can remarry, I just need to get a "Certificate of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriageā€ from the Canadian embassy, the same as I did when I first got married in the Philippines.

Some are also saying that a case must be filed before the RTC of the city/province where the local civil registrar is located, and that I need legal representation, and that it would cost me about 50-100php; and apparently this process will take about a year to complete.

Anyways I'd rather want a professional to give me an answer to my concern; hope you can help. Thanks.

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