My friend needs help so I'm posting this for him. Here's the story:
Girl got pregnant so both of them decided to get married (civil wedding). Boy has connections inside the city hall so he just got the marriage contract, went home and signed the papers along with the girl. In short, no one officiated the marriage. Everything was pre-signed already.
Now, they both want to end the marriage.
Here's what I read on the 1987 Family Code Chapter 3:
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;
With that, I think the marriage is void for the beginning right?
1. What are the steps needed to be done to legally end the "marriage"?
2. How much will the declaration of absolute nullity cost? (Attorneys fee, etc.) Please give a guestimate. Is it cheaper than annulment?
3. How long will the process take before the marriage is declared by the court as null and void?
4. He's planning to request a CENOMAR. If the result comes out as SINGLE, does it mean that he was never married in the first place and can finally move on without the need of declaration of absolute nullity from the court?
Thanks in advance.