Whose Last Name Should An Illegitimate Child Use?

Illegitimate children in the Philippines normally use their mother’s maiden last name. But if the biological father acknowledges the child as his own, the child may use his/her father’s last name. This is made possible by Republic Act 9255 that took effect in March 2004. Let us take a closer look at this law thatContinue reading “Whose Last Name Should An Illegitimate Child Use?”

How to Change the Last Name of an Illegitimate Child in his PSA Birth Certificate

A child born to unwed parents is an illegitimate child. Normally, it is the mother’s last name that is registered as the child’s last name on his birth certificate; no middle name is assigned.  But what if the child’s biological father decides to let the child use his last name after the child’s birth certificateContinue reading “How to Change the Last Name of an Illegitimate Child in his PSA Birth Certificate”

What’s In A Last Name: What Last Name to Give Your Child if You are Not Yet Married to His Father

Of all the questions and clarifications we regularly receive through this blog, changing the last name of an illegitimate child tops our list.  These questions often come from single moms who either: Gave their maiden last name to their illegitimate child and now wants the child to use the last name of the biological father;Continue reading “What’s In A Last Name: What Last Name to Give Your Child if You are Not Yet Married to His Father”

Passport Application Process: Requirements when Applying for a Legitimized Child’s Passport

A child born out of wedlock is an illegitimate child.  Under the law, such children shall carry their mother’s last name on their birth certificates unless their father provides his consent to let the child use his last name.  In cases when the parents of an illegitimate child decide to marry later on, the child’sContinue reading “Passport Application Process: Requirements when Applying for a Legitimized Child’s Passport”

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”

The Manila City Hall Series: How to Secure an Affidavit to Use the Surname of the Father under RA 9255 Part 5 of 16

An illegitimate child, using his mother’s last name as his family name, may be permitted to use his father’s last name by virtue of an Affidavit to Use the Surname of the Father or AUSF.  This includes children born whose births are yet to be registered at the LCR and were born on or beforeContinue reading “The Manila City Hall Series: How to Secure an Affidavit to Use the Surname of the Father under RA 9255 Part 5 of 16”

Problems with NSO Birth Certificate: Illegitimate, No Birth Certificate, and Not Acknowledged by her Mother

Alona is an illegitimate child, born to parents who were barely out of their teens.  Her mother gave her up for adoption when she was just a few days old, in exchange for a plane ticket from Manila to Iloilo.  She was never heard of from again.  Upon learning that his daughter was given toContinue reading “Problems with NSO Birth Certificate: Illegitimate, No Birth Certificate, and Not Acknowledged by her Mother”

Problems with NSO Birth Certificate: How to Change an Illegitimate Child’s Last Name to Father’s Last Name

Can illegitimate children use their father’s last name?  What are the policies regarding a father’s acknowledgment of his illegitimate child when the child was born on or after August 3, 1988? Sandra was born when both her parents were just fresh out of college.  Her mom, Irene, still lived with her parents while her dad,Continue reading “Problems with NSO Birth Certificate: How to Change an Illegitimate Child’s Last Name to Father’s Last Name”