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Divorce for British-Filipinos?

Discussion in 'Relationship Advice' started by Ghianne, Oct 17, 2016.

  1. Mattecube
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    Mattecube I have no need Trusted Member

    My response is to @bigmac comment about only a foreigner can instigate a foreign divorce so it looks out of context in your reply!
    Yes there is a judicial review required but it is the same regardless of who divorces who,the documents required may vary slightly from country to country here is a general list
    1. Philippine marriage certificate/record if the marriage was in the country
    2. Official marriage certificate/record from the foreign country if the marriage was abroad
    3. Report of Marriage of a Filipino married abroad (if one was filed with the DFA)
    4. Official copies of your foreign divorce documents
    5. Certified copy of the foreign country’s divorce law
    6. Proofs of citizenship
  2. Scentsation28
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    Scentsation28 New Member

    Hi. Newbie here. I am married in the Philippines and have been separated for 12years. I am living in the Philippines and I have a British boyfriend now. I cannot file for an annulment as this costs a lot and takes years to be granted. I came across this forum to get information regarding my case. My boyfriend is asking me if I can get a divorce abroad. Is it possible to get a divorce abroad? I mean are there any years required of staying in the UK before I can file for a Divorce? I badly need an answer as my boyfriend and I wants to be married. Thanks
  3. oss
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    oss Somewhere Staff Member

    It is possible but you would have to be settled in another country already or be able to settle in another country and that would obviously also cost a lot of money.

    You could not join your boyfriend in the UK and then file for a divorce from your ex husband, that could only happen if you were able to obtain some kind of work visa for the UK.

    I am afraid that it is very likely that your only route would be annulment.
  4. bigmac
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    bigmac Well-Known Member Trusted Member

    i met my wife when she was already here in the UK on a student visa. she was married in the philippines but had been separated for over 5 years. Before she returned home at the end of her student visa ( in 2012 ) she found she could file for divorce in the UK--which she did--on the grounds of 5 years separation without consent. This cost her over £1000 with solicitors fees.

    she then returned home and waited for the divorce to be granted--which it was. But this was not the end of the story.

    Her UK divorce would not be recognised in the philippines---so if we could have got married somewhere else--for example Hong Kong ( which would have meant about a 3 weeks visit )---she would then be a bigamist in the philis. This could have lead to serious problems in the future if she wanted to go home for a visit for instance.

    Also--if she tried to apply for a fiancee visa to come to the UK and marry here---she would have been refused a CFO to allow her to leave her country. ( Although there could be ways round that idiotic problem )

    So--she STILL had to get an annulment to meet philippines law. That took 18 months, which included 3 wasted court appearances because the judge didnt bother to attend. Her annulment cost her ( me! ) about 130,000 pp. but that was using a lawyer she had as a friend.

    But we got there in the end--and we got married in the UK in 2016.

    Now--to your situation. There are only 2 lawful ways out of your marriage--either annulment or you become a widow. You need to tell your UK boyfriend he has to fund your annulment. Probably cost him about £3000. But then the visa fee will be about £1500--to start with--then further fees totalling about £7000 over the following 5 years. Plus your flights and wedding costs. So really the annulment cost is just a fraction of the total cost of you getting married and settling in the UK.

    Is your boyfriend fully aware of this ?

    Have you actually met in person yet ?
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  5. Druk1
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  6. bigmac
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    bigmac Well-Known Member Trusted Member

    also--probly the easiest place to make a death..which is the main reason i wont go over there. i value my life at more than 200 quid--or whatever the going rate for a motobike hit is. and as for mugging a foreigner--you get that free.
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