Getting Married with your Filipino Fiance/Fiancee in the Philippines
Marriage in the Philippines is often preferred by foreigners who wish to marry their Filipino fiancés because the marriage process though a bit complicated is not very costly. The Philippines also offers a lot of wonderful wedding locations to hold one’s wedding. Above all, marriage in the Philippines is recognized world wide.
If you are a foreigner contemplating on marrying your Filipina fiancé in the Philippines, it’s good to be familiar with the marriage requirements according the laws of the country to ensure a smooth and hassle free marriage registration.
A. Foreign Fiancé/ Fiancée
Foreigners who would like to get married in the Philippines need to present the following documents to be able to proceed with the marriage registration.
1. Affidavit of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage – Philippine law requires the foreigner to obtain this document from his/her embassy or mission in the Philippines. Embassies require their citizens to appear personally at the embassy to procure this document. Each embassy has also sets of requirements before they issue this document. These requirements can range from birth certificate, passport, and certificate of naturalization among others.
NOTE: Foreigners are advised to contact their respective embassies in the Philippines and ask them the requirements in issuing the affidavit as the requirements vary from embassy to embassy.
2. Divorce certificate or Spousal Death Certificate – If the foreigner had been married before he has to show proof that his previous marriage had been terminated either by divorce or death of his spouse. Original copies are required.
3. Parent’s Consent or Advice – If the foreigner is between the ages of 18 and 21, he/she needs to obtain a written consent from his/her parents or guardians in accordance with Philippine law on age requirements for Marriage.
4. Military Approval – A US citizen who is an active member of the military needs to present a letter of approval of the marriage from their commanding officer or the proper authorities. Those military members who are not stationed in the Philippines need to produce authorization letter from their officers as well.
B. Filipino Fiancé/ Fiancée
The Filipino fiancé/fiancée needs to present the following documents for the marriage registration:
1. An NSO Issued Birth Certificate
2. Certificate of No Marriage from the NSO
3. A notarized declaration statement from two people stating that the Philippine national is not married.
4. A notarized letter of consent from parents he or she is below 25 years. However, if the parents can appear in person and give the permission on the spot then the letter of consent is not necessary.
II. Marriage Procedure
Below are the steps involved in getting married in the Philippines:
A. The foreigner has to secure the required affidavit from his/her respective embassy in the Philippines. Most of the embassies are in Manila.
B. Proceed in applying the marriage license at the civil registrar from the municipality where your Filipino fiancé resides. You need to have the following documents with you:
(1) the Affidavit from your embassy, (2) divorce decree or spousal death certificate if any (3) the birth, baptismal or residency certificate for your Filipino fiancé, and (4) the parental consent or advice, if either party is under age.
C. There is a 10-day waiting period from the filing of the Application to the issuance of the marriage license so you have to anticipate this period of time and make use of it for other things.
NOTE: The marriage license has 120-day validity period and maybe used anywhere in the Philippines.
D. During the marriage ceremony, you have to present the license to a person authorized to solemnize your marriage, such as judge, justice of the peace, priest or minister of religion to consummate your marriage.