We receive a lot of inquiries about the annotation of marriage certificates after the annulment has been handed down by the court. Most couples think that the moment they receive the finality of the annulment, they are free to get married anytime. They would soon realize that the process of annotating the marriage certificate and the CENOMAR of annulled couples take longer than most of us think.
So we conducted some research on this subject to find out what happens after the court has declared a marriage null and void. How long do the parties need to wait before they can re-marry?
Find out here:
- Once the decision of nullity of marriage is received, the opponent/adverse counsel is given fifteen (15) days to file an appeal. The fifteen (15) days is counted from the time the Decision is received by the Office of the Solicitor General.
- If no appeal is received, the Clerk of Court will issue a Certificate of Finality within three months from the date the decision was received by the Solicitor General.
- The Certificate of Finality and the Certified True Copies of the Decision of Nullity shall be forwarded to the Local Civil Registrar. The LCR will issue an endorsement to the Philippine Statistics Authority or PSA (formerly NSO).
- The parties may request for the first annotated copies of their Marriage Certificate and CENOMAR from the PSA after one to two months from the time the papers were endorsed.
That is the reason why when you request for a copy of your MC or CENOMAR a few days or weeks after your annulment has been granted, you receive the old copy without any markings that your previous marriage has been annulled already. Also, clarify with your lawyer if their services already include the facilitation of the annulment documents with the LCR. Some firms do not include this in their services and the client is left wondering why their annulment papers never reached the LCR or the PSA.