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She declined to give details about how she finally obtained the annulment.
Last year, she married her longtime boyfriend, with whom she has two children.* * *Like Perez, I filed for annulment claiming my spouse was psychologically incapacitated.
She was literally holding my future in her hands, in the form of an annulment decision we had sought for four years. I had walked out on my marriage five years earlier and had barely spoken with my daughter’s father for just as long, but on paper he was still my husband. My name was only half mine—all my identification papers remained in my married name.
After opening the envelope, she rambled a bit, skimming the contents out loud to fill the dead air. Any major purchase I made would be considered conjugal property.
Perez filed for an annulment in 2000, and was denied. In 2006, the Philippine Supreme Court declined to hear her case, declaring: We find [the husband’s] alleged mixed personality disorder, the ‘leaving-the-house’ attitude whenever they quarreled, the violent tendencies during epileptic attacks, the sexual infidelity, the abandonment and lack of support, and his preference to spend more time with his band mates than his family, are not rooted on some debilitating psychological condition but a mere refusal or unwillingness to assume the essential obligations of marriage.
”I had finally gotten out of my long-dead marriage in the devoutly Catholic Philippines, the only country in the world (other than Vatican City) where divorce is not legal.If I got into a new relationship, I risked being charged with adultery and jailed.I was 28 when I left my husband, 29 when I finally decided—against my family’s wishes and without their support—to file for annulment. And on the phone that day, I felt like the oldest 33-year-old in the world.* * *Under Philippine law, two people wishing to end their marriage have limited options.A petitioner seeking to leave a marriage for those or any number of other reasons has to try to prove that his or her spouse is suffering from “psychological incapacity” such as narcissistic personality disorder.* * *Filipino TV host Amy Perez is familiar with the difficulties these rules pose.