Posted by admin on May 31, 2012
Let it be known to everyone, be it locals or foreigners, of whatever religious denomination, that the laws on marriage, are strictly applied, imposed and be complied with in the Philippines. Namely, these are the Family Code and the Civil Code of the Philippines. However, the Muslim law on marriage called the Shariah Law is applied to Muslim couples, only.
As reference, the following listed requisites are exact words as provided by law governing the exercise of matrimony.
- Legal capacity of the contracting parties must be a male and a female, 18 years old and above without any impediment to get married.
- Consent freely given in the presence of the solemnizing officer.
- Authority of the solemnizing officer; only incumbent member of the judiciary; priest, rabbi, imam, or minister of any church or religious sect duly authorized by his church or religious sect and registered with the civil registrar general; ship captain or airplane chief, military commander of a unit to which a chaplain is assigned, in the absence of the latter, during a military operation only in marriages at the point of death; and consul general or vice consul only between Filipino citizens abroad are authorized by law to solemnize marriage.
- Marriage law in the Philippines also requires couples to attend a seminar on family planning before the wedding day in order to become responsible in family life and parenthood. The seminar is normally conducted at a city hall or a municipal council.
Some officiating ministers or churches require the couple to present a certificate of no marriage record (CENOMAR), together with the marriage license. The documents must be submitted prior to the day of the wedding ceremony. The CENOMAR document can be secured from the National Statistics Office or its designated offices and branches.
The foregoing requirements are strictly adhered and to be observed strictly to mixed marriages to protect Filipino women being subjected to a disadvantaged situation and great risks while in the state of connubiality.
The provisions of the Philippine Constitution clearly stipulates that as the family is the basic unity of society, the sanctity of marriage is upheld and respected within the bounds of accepted customs and traditions. Regardless of the type of marriage, be it local or mixed.