How Married Women Can Keep Their Maiden Names

They say the greatest gift your father can give you is his name.  However for women, their father’s names get replaced with their husband’s when they marry.  They embrace the heritage that comes with their new last name and become associated with the husbands’ family tree. Do women have the option to keep their father’sContinue reading “How Married Women Can Keep Their Maiden Names”

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Just Married! How to Update your Marital Status in Government IDs and Documents

After getting married, the next thing the couple needs to attend to are the updating of their IDs and other public documents, from their old civil status to that of married.  For women, they also have the option to change their maiden last name and begin using their husband’s last name in their IDs andContinue reading “Just Married! How to Update your Marital Status in Government IDs and Documents”

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”

Problems on NSO Marriage Certificate: No Signature of Married Couple

A marriage certificate cannot be considered valid if any of the parties involved fail to sign the document.  In all of the civil wedding rites I have witnessed, the solemnizing officer requests the marrying couple and their sponsors to go over the marriage certificate carefully and take all the time they need to make sureContinue reading “Problems on NSO Marriage Certificate: No Signature of Married Couple”

Problems on NSO Marriage Certificate : No Entry on the Date of Marriage

It pays to carefully review our civil registry documents to make sure that all entries are accurate and clearly printed on the form.  Should there be entries needing correction, it is best to act on it as soon as possible as these corrections take time.  It would be a shame to miss out on opportunitiesContinue reading “Problems on NSO Marriage Certificate : No Entry on the Date of Marriage”

Problems on NSO Marriage Certificate : Blurred or Unreadable Entries on the Certificate of Marriage

All the details reflected on your NSO Marriage Certificate (now PSA Marriage Certificate) are vital in proving the validity of your and your spouse’s union.  Should there be items that were omitted or overlooked while filling out the document, make sure to attend to these right away to avoid any delays in your future transactionsContinue reading “Problems on NSO Marriage Certificate : Blurred or Unreadable Entries on the Certificate of Marriage”

Problems with NSO Birth Certificate: Date of Parents’ Marriage on Child’s Birth Certificate is not the same as Date on Their Marriage Certificate

What are the consequences of wrong information on official documents such a child’s certificate of live birth?  How can these be corrected? Dindo and Karen were childhood sweethearts who got separated while they were attending college in different provinces.  When they began working in Manila, their paths crossed again and this time, Dindo did notContinue reading “Problems with NSO Birth Certificate: Date of Parents’ Marriage on Child’s Birth Certificate is not the same as Date on Their Marriage Certificate”

Divorce sa ‘Tate, Honored ba sa ‘Pinas?

Unlike other guys his age, Rey was never attracted to the promise of “greener pastures” in the United States. He loved the laid back feel in the city of pines and he intends to stay after graduating from college. He has simple dreams of settling down in Baguio, to teach at the university where heContinue reading “Divorce sa ‘Tate, Honored ba sa ‘Pinas?”