TO ALL FILIPINO COUSIN COUPLES OUT THERE WHO'S IN THE SAME SITUATION W/ MY FIRST COUSIN, WHO'S PLANNING TO GET MARRIED OUTSIDE THE COUNTRY WHO ALLOWS COUSIN MARRIAGE,
i did a little research about the validity of that marriage here in the Philippines in case you're planning to go back to the Philippines after your marriage from the other country who allowed it.
here's what i've found and it really sucks!!! i hate Philippine Marriage Law! grrr!try to visit the link and read it.
Some Filipinos want and do get married outside the Philippines. There?s nothing really strange with this, except when they say that the reason is for convenience in getting a divorce abroad. This is strange for two main reasons:
1. Divorce is not recognized under Philippine laws. If you?re a Filipino, it doesn?t matter where you get a divorce: such divorce is invalid/void in the Philippines. This is because under the nationality principle (Art. 15, Civil Code), all Filipinos ? where they may be in the world ? are bound by Philippine laws on family rights and duties, status, condition, and legal capacity. Yes, folks, you can run, but you can?t hide.Nevertheless, divorce decrees secured outside the Philippines are recognized in certain instances. This is provided in Article 26 (Paragraph 2) of the Family Code, which reads in full:
ART. 26. All marriages solemnized outside the Philippines in accordance with the laws in force in the country where they were solemnized, and valid there as such, shall also be valid in this country, except those prohibited under Articles 35(1), (4), (5) and (6), 36, 37 and 38.
here's the link of the Articles:
Art. 35. The following marriages shall be void from the beginning:
(1) Those contracted by any party below eighteen years of age even with the consent of parents or guardians;
(2) Those solemnized by any person not legally authorized to perform marriages unless such marriages were contracted with either or both parties believing in good faith that the solemnizing officer had the legal authority to do so;
(3) Those solemnized without a license, except those covered by the preceding
(4) Those bigamous or polygamous marriages not falling under Article 41;
(5) Those contracted through mistake of one contracting party as to the identity of the other; and
(6) Those subsequent marriages that are void under Article 53.
Art. 36. A marriage contracted by any party who, at the time of the celebration, was psychologically incapacitated to comply with the essential marital obligations of marriage, shall likewise be void even if such incapacity becomes manifest only after its solemnization. (as amended by E.O. No. 227)
Art. 37. Marriages between the following are incestuous and void from the beginning, whether the relationship between the parties be legitimate or illegitimate:
(1) Between ascendants and descendants of any degree; and
(2) Between brothers and sisters, whether of the full or half blood. (81a)
Art. 38. The following marriages shall be void from the beginning for reasons of public policy:
(1) Between collateral blood relatives, whether legitimate or illegitimate, up to the fourth civil degree;
(2) Between step parents and step children;
(3) Between parents in law and children in law;
(4) Between the adopting parent and the adopted child;
(5) Between the surviving spouse of the adopting parent and the adopted child;
(6) Between the surviving spouse of the adopted child and the adopter;
(7) Between an adopted child and a legitimate child of the adopter;
(8) Between adopted children of the same adopter; and
(9) Between parties where one, with the intention to marry the other, killed that other person's spouse or his or her own spouse. (82a).
>> reading these made me so much disappointed and hopeless. our plan of getting married outside the country will still be pointless, invalid and void here in the Philippines. so is there really nothing to do about this? any ideas on to this? should we get a citizenship to the country that we're planning to be married??? i need words of encouragement