A Married Woman’s Child with another Man is Not an Illegitimate Child

Mercy is married to Joel and they have three kids, all minors.  In 2015, they separated, with Joel taking their children with him to the province where they can continue their studies while he tended the family’s farm as his means of income.  Mercy was left in Manila with her parents; she was working asContinue reading “A Married Woman’s Child with another Man is Not an Illegitimate Child”

Annulment in the Philippines: The Grounds for ‘Letting Go’

Divorce is not honored nor practiced in the Philippines.  The only option for Filipino couples to legally separate and regain their freedom to marry another person is to get their marriage annulled.  Annulment processes are long and expensive, often ugly and traumatic especially when children are involved.  Unlike divorce where the couple need only toContinue reading “Annulment in the Philippines: The Grounds for ‘Letting Go’”

After Separation or Annulment Comes Child Support: To Give or Not To Give?

When a married couple separates, whether on their own terms or as prescribed by an annulment proceeding, child custody and support become a fundamental issue between the parties.  With whom should the children stay?  How often can their father / mother see them?  How will their basic needs be met? In the Philippines, custody ofContinue reading “After Separation or Annulment Comes Child Support: To Give or Not To Give?”

The Quezon City Hall Series: Court Decrees and Legitimation

Parents who have children born before they were married can have their children legitimized by executing an Affidavit of Legitimation.  This must be submitted to the Office of the Civil Registrar of the child’s birthplace.  Court decrees, on the other hand, are legal instruments concerning the status of a person such as Admission of Paternity,Continue reading “The Quezon City Hall Series: Court Decrees and Legitimation”

Process of Annotating the Marriage Certificate After Annulment Has Been Granted

We receive a lot of inquiries about the annotation of marriage certificates after the annulment has been handed down by the court.  Most couples think that the moment they receive the finality of the annulment, they are free to get married anytime.  They would soon realize that the process of annotating the marriage certificate andContinue reading “Process of Annotating the Marriage Certificate After Annulment Has Been Granted”

What Charges Can Be Filed Against A Philandering Husband and His Mistress?

Have these things been happening in your home lately? Husband taking his mobile phone everywhere he goes, even in the shower. Credit card charges made at restaurants you know you’ve never visited with your spouse ever. Frequent “company trips” to romantic places like Tagaytay, Baguio, and Palawan.  And no, wives and kids are not invited.Continue reading “What Charges Can Be Filed Against A Philandering Husband and His Mistress?”

Filing for Child Support in the Philippines: What You Need to Know

While it is true that the Philippines is a Christian nation (predominantly Catholic), it cannot be denied that cases of parents separating and fathers abandoning their families have increased over the years too. Take a trip to a small urban village in Metro Manila and you will be surprised to find out that a lotContinue reading “Filing for Child Support in the Philippines: What You Need to Know”

The CENOMAR After An Annulment

Bonjour!  Mabuhay! One of the most commonly asked questions regarding CENOMAR (or Certificate of No Marriage or Certificate of Singleness) is:  What appears on the CENOMAR if the owner has had his previous marriage annulled? Let us find out. According to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), a CENOMAR is a certificate issued by the NSOContinue reading “The CENOMAR After An Annulment”