I have been asked many times before if a woman can still use her maiden name and surname once she gets married. But I have never been asked at all if a woman can still continue the use of the surname of her husband if their marriage is later annulled. Let us just say, however, … Continue reading Surname of a woman in an annulled marriage
Let us say a child was conceived and born outside a valid marriage. Having been born under this circumstance, it follows that his status is illegitimate. Of course, as an illegitimate child, he is entitled to use only his given name and the surname of his mother as his surname but with no middle name. … Continue reading May an illegitimate child use the surname of his mother as his middle name if his father later adopts him?
When a person adopts another, all legal ties between the biological parents and the adoptee will be cut and will then be transferred to the adopter. Save of course when the biological parent is the spouse of the adopter. Or when it is the biological parents who adopt their illegitimate children in order to raise … Continue reading Will the adoptee acquire the citizenship of the adopter?
Did you know that there are children with no middle names? I am of course referring to those conceived and born outside a valid marriage called “illegitimate children.” By law, illegitimate children are entitled to use only their given name and the surname of their mother as their surname but with no middle name. They … Continue reading Children with no middle names
For the first time in my many years as a lawyer, a client asked me recently if it is possible to revoke an adoption. My answer of course was it is possible. Why? Because, as I explained to the client, our laws clearly allow its revocation. But while it is so allowed, I pointed out … Continue reading Revocation of Adoption
When a person adopts another, all legal ties between the biological parents and the adoptee will be cut and will then be transferred to the adopter. Save of course when the biological parent is the spouse of the adopter. Or when it is the biological parents who adopt their illegitimate children in order to raise … Continue reading Effects of Adoption
Have you ever gone over your birth certificate? Or do you even have a copy of it? If you still do not have one, then it is high time that you get a copy of it. And as soon as you have it, you need to take a look at all its contents. Do it … Continue reading Why you need to take a look at your birth certificate now
By law, illegitimate children are considered compulsory or legal heirs of their parents. This means they have the right to inherit from them with or without a Last Will and Testament. Children are of course considered illegitimate if they are conceived and born outside a valid marriage. But do they also have the right to … Continue reading The Iron Curtain Rule
Let us say you met a foreign citizen. You eventually fell in love with each other and later got married. But years after, your marriage turned sour. Despite all efforts exerted, you and your foreign spouse failed to save it. He soon obtained a divorce decree abroad. And it capacitated him to remarry, which he … Continue reading Right to remarry in the Philippines of a divorced Filipino in a mixed marriage
Are you one of those with compound middle names? By compound middle names, I am of course referring to those middle names such as Dela Cruz, Quintos Deles, Villa Roman and the like. If you are one of them, what then is your correct middle initial? Is it the first letter of your middle name? … Continue reading Correct middle initials for compound middle names