Five Steps in Filing Court Decree of Annulment

After your annulment has been granted by the court, you need to file the court decree at the Civil Registrar’s office.  You need to do this in order for your marriage certificate (from your previous marriage) to be annotated with the details of the approved annulment.  This will serve as proof that you are nowContinue reading “Five Steps in Filing Court Decree of Annulment”

Philippine Passport Validity: What Should I Do If My Passport Expires While I Am Abroad?

While we anticipate the approval of the proposed 10-year validity of Philippine passports, we should continue to mark our calendars as to when we should be applying for a passport renewal.  Currently, Philippine passports have a 5-year validity period and most passengers who have less than a year before their passports expire are no longerContinue reading “Philippine Passport Validity: What Should I Do If My Passport Expires While I Am Abroad?”

Passport Application Process: Applicant’s Name on Birth Certificate does not Match Names on IDs

A passport applicant was denied because her name on her birth certificate did not match any of the IDs and clearances she presented to the DFA.  Why is this so? Janine’s parents’ marriage was annulled shortly after she turned one year old.  After the annulment, her mother immediately reverted to using her maiden last name. Continue reading “Passport Application Process: Applicant’s Name on Birth Certificate does not Match Names on IDs”

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: How to Apply for a Marriage License and Marriage Certificate Registration

A marriage license must be issued to a couple who intend to get married anywhere in the Philippines.  Even if you are marrying a foreign national, you still need to secure a marriage license.  Once issued, a marriage license is valid within 120 days and will automatically be cancelled at the expiration of 120 days.Continue reading “The Quezon City Hall Series: How to Apply for a Marriage License and Marriage Certificate Registration”

The Manila City Hall Series: Filing for Correction of Birth Order Under RA 9048 Part 13 of 16

If you were the firstborn in your family but your birth certificate states that you have siblings older than you, then you need to have that entry corrected as soon as possible.  The birth order determines how many children your mother has already had and the succession of each child in the family tree. HereContinue reading “The Manila City Hall Series: Filing for Correction of Birth Order Under RA 9048 Part 13 of 16”

How to Claim for SSS Death Benefits

When an SSS member passes away, his beneficiaries are entitled to claim death benefits from the Social Security System (SSS).  Here is how you can file and claim for SSS death benefits: There are two types of death benefits paid to beneficiaries of a member: Pension Lump Sum Amount In order for the beneficiaries toContinue reading “How to Claim for SSS Death Benefits”

Problems with NSO Birth Certificate: Legitimation Due to Subsequent Marriage

When a child is born out of wedlock, his or her birthright is marked as illegitimate.  The child carries the last name of his mother unless he is acknowledged by his father on paper or his parents decide to get married later on.  Should it be the latter, the child is able to carry theContinue reading “Problems with NSO Birth Certificate: Legitimation Due to Subsequent Marriage”