A.M. No. 02-11-10-SC, August 15, 2003

Re: rules on Declaration of Absolute Nullity of Void Marraiges and Annulment of Voidable Marraiges and A.M. No. 02-11-11-SC

GENTLEMEN:

 

Quoted hereunder, for your information, is a resolution of the Court En Bank dated 08 July 2003

A.M. No. 02-11-10-SC. — Re: rules on Declaration of Absolute Nullity of Void Marriages and Annulment of Voidable Marriages and A.M. No. 02-11-11-SC. — Rule on Legal Separation. — Acting on the letter dated 4 April 2003 of Executive Judge Paterno G. Tiamson, RTC, Branch 69, Binangonan, Rizal; and upon recommendation of the Office of the Court Administrator, the Court Resolved to AMEND the provisions on venue in A.M. No. 02-11-10-SC and A.M. No. 02-11-11-SC.

Section 4 of the Rule on Declaration of Absolute Nullity of Void Marrages and Annulment of Voidable Marriages (A.M. No. 02-11-10-SC) is amended as follows:

“SEC. 4. Venue. — The petition shall be filed in the Family Court of the province or city where the petitioner or the respondent has been residing for at least six months prior to the date of the filling, or in case of a non-resident respondent, where he may be found in the Philippines, at the election of the petitioner. In stations where no branches of the Regional Trial Courts are designated as Family Courts, the cases falling within the jurisdiction of the Family Courts shall be raffled among the branches of the Regional Trial Courts shall be raffled among the branches of the Regional Trial Court within the same station which shall try and decide such cases according to existing issuances.”

and Section 2 (c) of the Rule on Legal Separation (A.M. No. 02-11-11-SC) is amended as follows:

“SEC. 2. Petition. —

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“(c) Venue. — The petition shall be filed in the Family Court of the province or city where the petitioner of the respondent has been residing for at least six months prior to the date of filling, or in case of a non-resident respondent, where he may be found in the Philippines, at the election of the petitioner. In stations where no branches of the Regional Trial Court are designated as Family Courts, the case filling within the jurisdiction of the Family Court within the same station which shall try and decide such cases according to existing issuances.”

These amendments shall take effect on 15 August 2003 following the publication of this resolution in a newspaper of general circulation not later than 10 August 2003. “Quisumbing. J., on leave. Sandoval-Gutierrez, J., on official leave.

Very Truly yours,
(SGD.) LUZVIMINDA D. PUNO
Clerk of Court