Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Divorce and declaration of nullity

Q: What is the difference between divorce and declaration of nullity?

A: In divorce (which is non-existent in the Philippines), the grounds or reasons for such arise during the marriage. In declaration of nullity of a marriage (as provided for by the Family Code), the grounds or reasons are already existing even before the marriage, but such grounds may have manifested themselves only during the marriage.

In practical effect, however, both divorce and declaration of nullity of a marriage allow the former spouses to get married again to other persons.

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