FAQs on Having a Child Declared Legally Available for Adoption in the Philippines

1.  What law governs the declaration of children as legally available for adoption? Republic Act No. 9523 (RA 9523) is the governing law. It requires the certification of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to declare a child legally available for adoption.  It also amends certain provisions of RA 8552, otherwise known as […]

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FAQs on Adoption in the Philippines

1.  What law governs domestic adoption? —  Republic Act No. 8552 , or the Domestic Adoption Act of 1998, as amended by Republic Act No. 9523, governs local adoption.   2.  Who may adopt? —  Sec. 7 of RA 8552 provides that the following may adopt: (a) Any Filipino citizen of legal age, in possession […]

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Things You Wonder About Conjugal Property but were Afraid to Ask

There is no doubt that you love your husband or your wife.  However, you sometimes wonder what properties you own exclusively that are beyond the reach of your spouse.  Not that you don’t trust your wife.  After all, almost every time, you give her all your wages.  You just simply want to know for your […]

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How To Punish an Unfaithful Husband In The Philippines

Why do husbands cheat on their wives? We do not know the answer to that.  However, we do know that cheating on one’s wife is punishable by law.   Article 334 of the Revised Penal Code punishes the husband when he commits any of the following acts:   1.  He shall keep a mistress in […]

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Punishing Violence Against Women in the Philippines

Republic Act No. RA 9262 , otherwise known as the Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Law (“VAWC”), defines violence against women and children as “any act or a series of acts against a woman who is his wife, former wife or against a woman with whom the person has or had sexual or dating […]

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