DSLaw Family Law Series

[Understanding the Proper Consideration of Marriage for its Validity under the Family Code of the Philippines]

Love is useless unless it is shared with another.[1] This is true as more often than not, people marry for love. Nevertheless, some would marry for convenience (i.e. to obtain citizenship)[2] or for commercial reasons (i.e. for money). Are they still valid under Philippine Law?

Yes. People can enter into marriage for various reasons. The state cannot dictate the kind of life that a couple choses to lead.[3]

Thus, marriages entered into for other purposes, such as convenience, companionship, money, status, and title, provided that they comply with all the legal requisites, are equally valid.

Love, though the ideal consideration in a marriage contract, is not the only valid cause for marriage. Other considerations, not precluded by law, may validly support a marriage.[4]

[1] Chi Ming Tsoi v. Court of Appeals, G.R. No. 119190, (1997).

[2] Pabalan v. Salva, A.C. No. 12098, (2019).

[3] Bark v. Immigration & Naturalization Service, 511 F.2d 1200, 1201, (1975).

[4] Republic v. Albios, G.R. No. 198780, (2013).

How Can We Help?

At Delloro & Saulog Law Offices, our lawyers can help you prepare for the legal aspect of your married life. We can brief you with other jurisdictional requirements for a valid marriage. We can also help you draft related documents such as pre-nuptial agreement and donation contract in consideration of marriage. Make sure that you are well-informed with your decisions before you say I do, talk to a family lawyer today.

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