ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

A Brief Guide About Philippine Marriage: Requisites and Obligations

Updated on July 24, 2015
Catholic church wedding in the Philippines.
Catholic church wedding in the Philippines. | Source

Saying yes to marriage is a big decision. A deliberate consideration of all relevant matters is a pre-requisite, especially the legalities. That being said, this article will serve as your brief guide about marriage in the Philippines.

Once you are decided to get married, you should bother ask yourself this question. Do I have all the essential requisites as provided by the law in order that our marriage will be held legal and valid?

Essential Requisites

The Family Code of the Philippines provides that when it comes to marriage, all these requisites must be present.

1. The couple to marry is a male and a female.

Obviously, same-sex marriage is illegal. And, even if you had your same-sex marriage in the US because it's legal there, your marriage contract and ceremony will not be recognized in the country.

Man to man relationship, same-sex marriage is illegal in the Philippines.

Same-sex couple.
Same-sex couple. | Source

Woman to woman relationship (same-sex couple) is not yet totally accepted by Filipinos.

Same-sex marriage of a woman to another woman.
Same-sex marriage of a woman to another woman. | Source

Is same-sex marriage law possible in the Philippines? A report by the GMA News and Public Affairs.

The Non-Acceptance of Same-sex Marriage in the Philippines by the GMA News and Public Affairs.

2. They are both 18 years old or more.

Provided that those who are 18 to 21 years of age must obtain parent or guardian's consent. Those who are otherwise 22 to 25 must get parental advice. But, this rule does not apply to Muslim community. Recall that Freddie Aguilar and teenage girlfriend, who was 16 years old, converted to Muslim so they can marry each other.

Freddie Aguilar marrying 16 years old lady in a Muslim wedding.

3. They ought not to be connected by blood up to fifth common degree.

Cousins and relatives within the 1st to 5th degree should not marry each other. Otherwise, it will be considered incestuous and therefore, invalid from the beginning.

There is an increasing number of incest reports in the Philippines. Watch this video.

4. They are without any past marriage commitment.

This includes pending annulment or legal separation case. This implies they are single, had been successfully annulled, or had obtained a foreign divorce that the Philippine courts honor.

Learn more about foreign divorce recognition in the Philippines by ATTY. JOYCE DOMINGO- DAPAT

5. They agree about the marriage on their own will.

Without any form of threat or intimation used, and this consent is expressly given with the priest, pastor or any authorized solemnizing officer around.

So, was it all a "yes"? If so, you can now proceed to the four formal requisites. What are these?

Formal Requisites

Unlike the essential requisites, once any of these requisites is found invalid, the couple can still make it right without declaring the marriage void immediately.

1. Authority of the Solemnizing Officer

The religious clergyman has the authority to conduct marriage.

2. Legitimate Marriage Permit

The parties have obtained a legitimate marriage permit except for those instances provided by the law.

3. The Couple is Present

The bride and groom are present during the ceremony officiated by a solemnizing officer.

4. The Couple Have Witnesses

The couple proclaim that they take one another as spouse and wife with no less than two witnesses around.

Nota Bene:

Neglecting to conform to any of these key and formal requisites will make the marriage void, invalid from the earliest starting point, as though no wedding had happened.

Marital Obligations

Now, marriage comes with corresponding obligations not just to your family but specifically to your husband or wife. The Family Code provides that the newlywed should:

  • live together
  • show love and appreciation for one another
  • loyal to each other at all times
  • help one another
  • decide on the family home together

Happy family.
Happy family. | Source

What is your verdict?

With all these legal facts presented, are you absolutely ready for a lifetime commitment?

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Evane profile image
      Author

      The Filipina Digital Entrepreneur 3 years ago

      Hello there! Thank you for taking an interest to read my article. May I know why it is surprising? :D

    • profile image

      Alison Gate 3 years ago from Colorado Springs, CO 80919, United States

      surprising!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)