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Pre-Nuptial Agreement in the Philippines

Future spouses have the freedom to enter into an agreement with each other as to how their properties will be governed, and just like any other contracts, the stipulations thereto should not be void or contrary to law, morals or public policy. Pre-Nuptial contract is an agreement between future husband and wife insofar as the property relations that will govern their properties during the existence of their marriage.

Annulment vs. Nullity of Marriage in the Philippines

A marriage declared by the court as null and void connotes that the marriage entered into by the parties is inexistent as if no marriage ever took place between them. Parties who enter into a marriage are presumed to have done so legally which renders their marriage binding and valid and may not be presumed by the parties to be otherwise simply because of their personal belief that a ground for its invalidity exists.

Marriage and its Validity in the Philippines

“Marriage is a special contract of permanent union between a man and a woman entered into in accordance with the 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 Family Code of the Philippines.

Aged-Out Children (Child Status Protection Act)

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Living and Working in the Philippines

The drama and trauma of obtaining a working permit (AEP) and a 9(g) visa is an experience most foreigners recount with mixed emotions- shock, anger, outrage, frustration, dismay, and even hopelessness.

Life Liberty and Land in the Philippines

Restrictions on Foreign Ownership of Land in the Philippines

Bring It in Legally, Get It out Fast

Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are. Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755 - 1826), The Physiology of Taste, 1825

Nine Tenths of the Law

One sided lease agreements in the Philippines are the rule of thumb and don’t imagine for a second that they are in favor of the lessee.

Instant Citizenship

You have probably heard about the story of a famous Filipino actor who became an “instant” U.S. citizen. His case caught the imagination of so many Filipinos. Suddenly, they began building their family tree, wondering if the branches would lead back to America. But more than the desire to go to America, there is really something wonderfully exciting about learning your true heritage.

The Philippine Arbitration Law and the UNCITRAL Model Law

Comparative Analysis of the Philippine Arbitration Law and the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration (Part I)