Not Just a Piece of Paper

It’s disturbing how people refer to marriages as simply “a piece of paper”. A common belief is that a marriage contracted in civil rites carries less strength or enforceability than one celebrated in religious ceremonies. Many times, such civil rites are referred to as “secret marriages.” Marriages, whether contracted in civil or religious rites, are valid and enforceable, unless void or voidable due to other grounds specified in the Family Code. Whether or not a “civil marriage” lasts ten years or ten days, the same can only be annulled in court proceedings.