DSLaw Family Law Series

WHY DOES THE STATE INTERVENE IN FAMILY CASES? [Understanding the Importance of Family and Marriage under the Family Code of the Philippines]

Did you know that there is always a third party to your marriage when you wed in the Philippines?

Okay, let us explain. Of course, there is only the husband and the wife. But for the protection of the sanctity of marriage and family values, the State can certainly intervene – through the Solicitor General.

The Solicitor General is the principal law officer and legal defender of the land. For this purpose, his Office is tasked to represent the Government of the Philippines in any litigation, proceeding, investigation or matter requiring the services of lawyers.[1]

In cases of annulment and declaration of nullity of marriage, the trial court must order the Solicitor General to appear as counsel for the state. Without him, no decision shall be handed down.[2]

And because it is constitutionally-mandated to protect the family as a basic social institution, the state is vitally interested on good, solid and happy families. This will not only preserve the family members alone, but it will also strengthen the social and moral fabric.[3]

[1] Republic v. Iyoy, G.R. No. 152577, (2005).

[2] Ancheta v. Ancheta, G.R. No. 145370, (2004).

[3] Tuason v. Court of Appeals, 256 SCRA 158 (1996).

How Can We Help?

As the Solicitor General represents the Government of the Philippines, you, as interested party shall engage your own legal counsel.           

Our lawyers at Delloro & Saulog Law Offices can represent you as your counsel for your marriage and family concerns. We will guide you through the step-by-step processes in court and ensure that you are equally protected as well.

For more information on how we can help you, book a consultation with us below.

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