Family Law

Collusion in Annulment Cases

“The fiscal said that I colluded with my husband and based on that, my Petition was dismissed.” Collusion Investigation is a process which is part of the procedure for the Declaration of Nullity or Annulment, where the public prosecutor’s (fiscal) is enjoined by the court to actively participate and conduct an investigation if there is…

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Immigrant VisasImmigration LawInternationalNon-Immigrant VisasOther immigration articles

Getting a US Visa

It’s not uncommon to dream of visiting places you see in the movies. Let me guess, most of them are in the United States. To name a few, New York, LA, Miami, Washington and Chicago are some of the common tourist destinations in the US. You have the resources but you harbor this apprehension of…

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FOCUS AREAS

Divorce 101 (for Filipinos)

Here’s a situation: A and B, both Filipinos, went to the United States to get married. After several years, marital troubles started to occur between the couple and after efforts at reconciliation failed, the two started to part ways. They figured that since they were married in abroad, they decided to get a divorce in…

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Family Law

Domestic Adoption in the Philippines

“My husband and I unfortunately cannot have children. A distant relative from the province has 7 children, the two youngest children are aged 11 months and new born baby about 2 weeks old. Due to financial constraints, she offered for us to adopt her two youngest children. We took the children home after we executed…

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Extrajudicial Settlement of Estate – What You Need To Know

A staple storyline for afternoon soaps would be the war between families and the familiar conflict would revolve around, you guessed it right – “Mana” or Property. But mind you, what you see on TV, as well in the movies, portray an indelible reality and that is families getting estranged all because one heir wants…

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Family Law

Formalities of a Pre-nuptial Agreement

Future spouses, who have mutually decided to enter into a pre-nuptial agreement, must execute the agreement in writing prior to the celebration of the marriage in order for it to be valid. The Family Codes does not require that the agreement be in the form of a public instrument. However, in order for the agreement…

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Immigrant VisasImmigration LawInternational

How To Get Your Name Off the Immigration Blacklist

The Bureau of Immigration (BI), an arm of the Department of Justice, is tasked to ensure compliance of all Philippine laws by foreigners. As a consequence of a foreigner’s non-compliance with our laws, blacklist orders, deportation and hold-departure orders may be issued. My aim here is to be able to sufficiently answer all queries regarding the petition…

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Family Law

Annulment of Marriage in the Philippines

The decision to annul a marriage, especially for Filipinos, is most difficult to arrive at. More often than not, insights from  family and friends are considered especially where children and properties are involved. Having practiced family law in the Philippines and abroad for several years, I have seen diverse ways of suffering (and coping) with painful marital issues.…

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