Aside from scam, one of the risks involved in dating Filipino women is getting involved with someone who may have broken up with her husband, but is still legally married. This risk is high especially because there is no divorce in the Philippines.
Broken-up Filipino couples often find themselves other partners without going through the lengthy and expensive process of annulment. They only think about freeing themselves legally when they want to marry someone else.
If you are hanging out at Filipina dating sites, please dig further if she puts “Divorced” as her legal status. Because chances are, if she got married in the Philippines and no decision has been made by the Philippines’ Department of Justice on a petition for annulment, she is still legally married to her husband, even if they are not together anymore.
Also, there are purportedly single Filipina women who still put “single” in their profile even if they are legally married, making it all the more important for you to check if the Filipino woman you’re dating is truly single.
Take note: although there are women who marry late, most single Filipina women marry in their twenties, and even in their late teens. If she’s in her thirties and tells you she’s single, you might want to put in a request for Certificate of No Marriage (CENOMAR) at the Philippines National Statistics Office website: https://www.ecensus.com.ph/Default.aspx
The CENOMAR will tell you if she has a marriage contract recorded in the national census database.
Now you might ask, why don’t Filipinos file for annulment when they’re broken up with their spouse?
Well, the main reason is that the annulment process is expensive considering the average income level of Filipinos. The process costs upwards of $5,000 if there are properties to be divided and children to be considered.
There have been foreign men who got involved with legally-married-but-separated Filipinas, and most of them ended up spending for their annulment just to be with their Filipina loves.
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