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  1. You Don't Know Me

    US Citizen CEMAR in Philippines

    I guess I'll just have to carry my divorce decree with me when I'm there (just to be safe)!
  2. You Don't Know Me

    US Citizen CEMAR in Philippines

    Yeah, I have contacted that lawyer and he basically said the same thing.
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    US Citizen CEMAR in Philippines

    Found the link: https://carpiodelacruzlawoffice.wordpress.com/2015/03/05/local-adoption-requirements/
  4. You Don't Know Me

    US Citizen CEMAR in Philippines

    The only case I've seen where a foreign citizen tried to file for ROD was rejected by the court for 2 reasons: 1. He didn't live in the Philippines so they don't have jurisdiction. 2. Since the purpose of the ROD is to allow a PH Citizen to be free to marry after a foreign divorce (equatable standing to foreign spouse) and the foreigner is free to marry there in no perceived benefit for them to avail. I can't find that link any more. Pretty much means I'm boned if I ever want to spend time there! BTW, if the ex gets wind of this being something I want or need then she'll never cooperate even if it means she will have the aforementioned issues.
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    US Citizen CEMAR in Philippines

    Another question: If I ever return to the Philippines and the ex is angry with me can she get me arrested for Bigamy? Even better how can I get the first marriage voided knowing the the ex will never cooperate?
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    US Citizen CEMAR in Philippines

    Well, here it is! ALl personal information redacted but sure enough I'm a bigamist in PH! Now the real problem is that I have no way to void the first marriage, she is a USC now and is married to another man. We don't have any contact and the last contact was hostile. I can't file for recognition of the divorce because I don't live there and have no standing
  7. Actually, What USCIS likes to see isn't just time spent together as spouses, they like to have evidence of co-mingling your lives. What is the difference? Co-mingling you lives means shared financial assets & responsibilities as well. When I brought my ex-wife here we had only been physically together for 3 weeks including our wedding and honeymoon. I immediately got her added to a couple of my bank accounts and had debit cards issued which I sent to her and she used regularly. I also added her to my health insurance (no extra cost as I was already covering my 2 teenage children) .When she arrived we had 2 leases that listed us both and several Credit Cards as well as a third joint bank account. During the CR-1 & ROC process there was never a question of our bonifides. Just share you lives like a real couple would and you shouldn't have an issue. Do note that once you are married if ever questioned at an Entry point don't deny it and be prepared to demonstrate your plans to exit without him trying to AOS in country.
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    US Citizen CEMAR in Philippines

    Has anyone here ever seen a CEMAR for a US Citizen that shows they are married in the Philippines? Today I just found out that it's possible I may be a bigamist In the Philippines since neither party of my first marriage (to a Pinay married in PH) file for Recognition of our divorce in the US (she was already a US Citizen by the time we divorced). I find it curious that the PSA wouldn't have said anything when my second marriage in PH was registered (also officiated in PH). I do have an official PSA Marriage Contract issued by PSA.
  9. You Don't Know Me

    Recognition of foreign divorce

    Second marriage was in 2016, Iloilo province.
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    Recognition of foreign divorce

    The civil registry should not be asking a foreigner for a CENOMAR. I was married twice in the Philippines and both time they just wanted the Affidavit, not even divorce papers. I have heard Manila CR sometimes plays by their own rules.
  11. You Don't Know Me

    Recognition of foreign divorce

    There was a case that a foreigner was denied his petition for recognition on the grounds that the Filipino citizen should have filed the petition as he didn't have standing. If I can find the link I'll post it. Also, the Civil Registrar should only be asking for your Affidavit of Legal Capacity to Marry from the USEM.
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    RE-MARRYING in the PHILIPPINES as a USC

    Asking for a little clarification on this one. I was married in PH in 2009 and divorced in US in 2013, great woman just didn't work out. I recently married another woman in PH without issue, no ROD was ever filed on the first marriage. From what I understand as a USC even if I lived in PH I couldn't file for the ROD.
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    RE-MARRYING in the PHILIPPINES as a USC

    The Philippines recognizes that you as a US Citizen are divorced and free to marry since you were a US Citizen when you filed for the divorce. Your ex-wife cannot marry someone in the Philippines until she get the Foreign Divorce recognized which is a process that can take months despite only needing 3 court dates. If you are a dual citizen then you can inquire with a lawyer in PH to see if you can file for the recognition but generally the foreign citizen spouse can't be the petitioner. As for getting married again in PH, as a US Citizen you will need to get the Affidavit from USEM instead of a CENOMAR. I don't know if this is complicated if you are a dual citizen.
  14. You Don't Know Me

    Bringing Spouse/Partner of Permanent Resident to US

    That line is moving in the right direction. It just takes someone who has the resources and will to get it moved a little further. A good litigator could probably successfully argue that either party of the divorce being a US LPR with intentions to to live in the US for an extended period (or permanently) would have the same effect as being a foreign citizen therefore the other spouse should be able to get the US Divorce recognized in PH for the same reasons.
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    Bringing Spouse/Partner of Permanent Resident to US

    That is no longer the case! https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/04/24/1809011/sc-philippine-courts-now-recognize-divorce-obtained-filipino-foreign-spouse Now a filipino can initiate the divorce and still have it recognized in PH!
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