Dicorce vs Annulment

@candy111 (241)
August 21, 2007 1:53pm CST
I live in the Philippines, a country where people are roman catholics and as such they dont believe in divorce. But they now have accepted annulment. for me, this is worst. Imagine if granted, its erased from the books that you have been married. The question that comes to mind is if the marriage is declared non existent, does that make the children illegitimate? Any thoughts on this
3 responses
• Philippines
23 Aug 07
I think annulment of marriage is a long process and is strict compared to divorce. There are grounds of making a marriage to get annulled. And it is not really saying erasing your marriage on the book. The marriage still happens but it is just annulled due to some grounds. And this does not make the children of that marriage illegitimate. Because the children if they are born while the marriage is still legal are still legal son and daughter for the couple so whatever inheritance they have they still hold as a legal children despite the annulment of their parents marriage.
@Mirita (2668)
• United States
21 Aug 07
It depends on which last name they keep ,but I also heard that if you get an annulment that your kids will be considered illegitimate. You need to talk to a lawyer to find out if your kids are affected. Nobody is doing anything in the Philippines to impose divorce. People need to go out to the streets and demand divorce because Spain, some sections of Europe, and Latin America are roman catholic and they already have divorce. Do you know is anyone is doing something in regards to implementing divorce in the Philippines?
@ngobis (237)
• Philippines
21 Aug 07
I guess that no, matter what you choose to call it, divorce or annulment, it is basically the same thing : permanent dissolution of a marriage. Now as per the children being illegimate after that ruling, i dont think this will be the case, as there will always be records pertaining to the marriage.