The Sala Secunda has voided a 2007 marriage because it was contracted for purposes of obtaining an immigration status.
This was an unusual case because the woman involved, a Costa Rican, originally sought to annul the marriage because she wanted to register a child in the name of the real father.
She testified that she received 200,000 colons to participate in the sham marriage. She said she did it for economic reasons.
Despite that, the woman’s claim was rejected initially by a family court judge, but the Procuraduría General de la República brought the case to the high civil court.
The court annulled the marriage and ordered that the child be registered as the son of the real father, said the Poder Judicial in a summary.