Filipinas involved with or marrying foreigners are they only after one thing? Is it greener pastures in the good old Australia?
Marriage to Filipinos is a lifelong commitment which is why there is, generally speaking, no divorce in the Philippines. It is not a spur of the moment thing or a product of a passing fling. It is from this idea that all other marital traits of Filipinas come from, faithfulness, understanding, patience, etc. She will stick with you through thick and thin because when a Filipina commits to a marriage that means you are the one and the only one. Most Filipinas who get widowed don’t even remarry even when there is no prohibition to the contrary because of this “one true love” idea.
Sadly, however, many young Filipina marry older men who are dependant on a pension. In Australia, the amount of the pension for a single person is subsistence only so financial independence can only be acquired by working. Any income earned by the wife, will however, be offset against the husband’s pension resulting in a loss of pension income.
Here are some pointers for you. If you are planning to marry your Filipino girlfriend in the Philippines, these are the documents you need:
Affidavit of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage: You can request this from your embassy in Manila. If your embassy does not give such document, you can get an Affidavit in Lieu of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage. Both documents are basically saying that there are no legal impediments to the marriage but before your embassy gives you this affidavit, you must first present some/all of the following (depends from which country you are from):
-Proof of Citizenship
– Proof of Termination of Previous Marriages (if you are divorced or widower)
– Parent’s Consent (if you are under 21 years old)
Once you have your affidavit of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage or the Affidavit in Lieu of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage from your embassy and once your girlfriend has the same from the Philippine National Statistics Office, you can then proceed to the Local Civil Registrar to apply for the Marriage License. Note that you also have to present the following to the Local Civil Registrar.
– Death Certificate or Divorce Decree which shows the termination of any previous marriage (if you are divorced or widower)
– Birth, Baptismal, and Residency Certificate of your Filipina girlfriend
– Parental consent or advice, if either (or both parties are) party is under age.
You have to wait at least 10 days before the Local Civil Registrar will issue your Marriage License. The Marriage License have 120 days before it expires and this marriage license can be used anywhere in the Philippines.
Sounds pretty simple but this could take time so process the documents early on