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?”

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”

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”