Why you need to take a look at your birth certificate now

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

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The Iron Curtain Rule

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

Right to remarry in the Philippines of a divorced Filipino in a mixed marriage

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

Correct middle initials for compound middle names

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

Can a married woman drop the surname of her husband and use her maiden name and surname again?

Surname of a married woman Unknown to many, a married woman has no legal obligation to use the surname of her husband. This means she can continue using her maiden name and surname even after the wedding. Among the reasons for this is there is no law requiring a married woman to use the surname … Continue reading Can a married woman drop the surname of her husband and use her maiden name and surname again?

Why we need to know the law

Have you ever heard of the phrase Ignorantia Legis Non Excusat? It refers to a Latin legal maxim, which literally stands for "ignorance of the law is not an excuse." Like in other countries, we also follow this maxim. In fact, it was even made part of our laws. And you will find it in Article … Continue reading Why we need to know the law

Effect of mere reappearance of the absent spouse on the subsequent marriage

Bigamous Subsequent Marriage Our laws allow a married individual to marry again legally if the following essential requisites are present: (1) The prior spouse has been absent for four consecutive years (or two consecutive years if it falls within any of the instances when the four-year period may be reduced to two years); (2) The … Continue reading Effect of mere reappearance of the absent spouse on the subsequent marriage

Judicial declaration of presumptive death of a spouse for subsequent marriage

Flight MH370  Remember Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370? This was the flight that mysteriously disappeared back in 2014 while on its way to China. It was then carrying 227 passengers with different nationalities and 12 members of the crew. Immediately after it disappeared, officials from Malaysia and some other countries began to search for the missing … Continue reading Judicial declaration of presumptive death of a spouse for subsequent marriage

Can we compel a creditor to accept payment by check?

Let us say you borrowed money from someone else. On the date set for its payment, you offered a check instead of cash. Because the creditor prefers to be paid in cash, he right away refused to accept the check. And so you compelled him to accept it. When compelled to accept payment by check … Continue reading Can we compel a creditor to accept payment by check?

Can the father compel his illegitimate children to use his surname?

Article 176 of the Family Code Prior to the amendment of Article 176 of the Family Code of the Philippines (Family Code), illegitimate children were given no right to use the surname of their father. The only surname they were allowed to use was that of their mother. And this holds true even if their … Continue reading Can the father compel his illegitimate children to use his surname?