Lian Paz is taking matters into her own hands regarding her pending annulment case with her ex-husband Paolo Contis.
Lian and Paolo tied the knot in July 2009 at Cauayan, Isabela. Their marriage lasted for almost four years, and Paolo filed an annulment. He cited their marriage as null and void because he was on set taping during the day of their supposed wedding date.
"Because he already filed, ako naman ang sumunod na nag-file," Lian says in an interview published by Pep.ph. "Hinayaan ko siyang kumilos nung una, but this time, ako na. Pero ang lawyer pa rin nya ang nag-asikaso para hindi raw masayang ang ground works at para mas mabilis daw."
Lian said her estranged husband's lawyer went to her house to interview her and even filed a petition on her behalf. But there hasn't been any update since then.
"As of now, ang sabi po it was filed na, but not moving."Lian adds, "Four years ago, sinabi ko na 'yan sa kanya [Paolo] na ako ang mag-aasikaso. Ang sabi niya, huwag daw. Pero hanggang ngayon, wala pang ganap."
Lian, who has two daughters with Paolo, is now happily engaged to John Cabahug. Their engagement, however, is not the primary reason she's seeking to finalize the annulment with her ex.
Lian shares, "It doesn't mean I want to get married, but I just want my freedom back."
Lian revealed she still uses Paolo's last name in her legal documents and IDs, which still makes her feel tied to her previous marriage.
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"Alam mo yung ganoong feeling? Na hindi mo na bitbit yung surname niya sa passport? Na kada magta-travel ako, Contis pa rin?"
(Here's the paperwork you need to file after annulment. Women can use their maiden name after marriage if they choose to do so.)
As she opened up about her reasons for pursuing the annulment, Lian couldn't help but also cite Paolo's most recent breakup with former partner LJ Reyes.
"Ginagawa ko ito para maayos na ang buhay ko. I'm already walking with the Lord. 2012 pa kami naghiwalay," she says. "With all evidences now, pati paghihiwalay nila ni LJ, I guess strong evidence na 'yun para ma-grant ang annulment. Kaso, di ko talaga alam ang status, if inaasikaso ba talaga?"
In August 2018, Paolo issued a statement on GMA-7's 24 Oras regarding the pending legal case with Lian. He said, "My case is still ongoing and, of course, sa atin, we have to respect our law and 'yung way ng court natin. Sometimes we really have to wait longer."
It's been nine years since the two have separated. Lian is currently based in Cebu with her partner and their children. Meanwhile, LJ has gone to New York with her kids after a controversial breakup with Paolo.
This story originally appeared in Cosmo.ph.
Edits have been made by the SmartParenting.com.ph editors.