Philippines Marriage Law

Marriage law in the Philippines is governed by Executive Order 209, The Family Code of the Philippines.

What is Marriage?

“Marriage is a special contract of permanent union between a man and a woman entered into in accordance with law for the establishment of conjugal and family life. It is the foundation of the family and an inviolable social institution whose nature, consequences, and incidents are governed by law and not subject to stipulation, except that marriage settlements may fix the property relations during the marriage within the limits provided by this Code.” (Article 1)

Requirements for Marriage

The following requirements must be met in order for a marriage to be valid (From Articles 2, 3 and 5):

  • Legal capacity of the contracting parties who must be a male and a female, aged 18 years or above..
  • A valid marriage license except in the special cases provided for in the Family Code.
  • Consent freely given in the presence of an authorized solemnizing officer.
  • A marriage ceremony takes place with the appearance of the contracting parties before the solemnizing officer and their personal declaration that they take each other as husband and wife in the presence of not less than two witnesses of legal age.

Marriage is not something that should be entered into lightly, and in fact dissolving a marriage in the Philippines can be a lengthy and complicated process.

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