Getting married young is a milestone that is both exciting and intimidating. This is why young couples must be properly guided by their parents before they take the leap.
Parental consent ensures both parties know what they’re getting into and have the blessing of their parents. Learn more about parental consent for marriage and how to get one through this definitive guide.
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What Is Parental Consent for Marriage?
Parental consent is a document in writing required before issuing a marriage license when either one or both parties to a marriage are between the ages of 18 and 20. It is signed by the father, mother, surviving parent or guardian, or persons having charge of them, in the order mentioned.
For example, if you are just 20 years old and you want to enter into marriage, you need to submit parental consent, in addition to other documentary requirements, when applying for a marriage license.
How To Get Parental Consent for Marriage in the Philippines
Parental consent is done in either of the following manners:
- Personal appearance of the interested parties in the local civil registrar of the city or municipality where the contracting parties are applying for a marriage license.
- Executing an affidavit in the presence of two witnesses and attested before any official authorized by law to administer oaths (e.g., Notary Public)
The parental consent shall be recorded (in case of personal appearance) or attached (in case of the affidavit) in the application for a marriage license.
Affidavit of Parental Consent to Marriage Sample Template (Free Download)
To help you save time, we’ve created a template of an affidavit of parental consent to marriage. Simply download this document, fill it out, and have it notarized.
Can I Get Married in the Philippines Without Parental Consent?
Yes, you can get married in the Philippines without parental consent, provided you are at least 21 years old and above at the time of the celebration of marriage.
Please note that if you are between the ages of 18 to 20, parental consent is needed; otherwise, the local civil registrar will not issue the required marriage license.
Granting you were still able to obtain a marriage license even without parental consent, your marriage is voidable under Sec. 45 of the Family Code1, which provides, thus:
“Art. 45. A marriage may be annulled for any of the following causes, existing at the time of the marriage:
- That the party in whose behalf it is sought to have the marriage annulled was eighteen years of age or over but below twenty-one, and the marriage was solemnized without the consent of the parents, guardian, or person having substitute parental authority over the party, in that order, unless after attaining the age of twenty-one, such party freely cohabited with the other and both lived together as husband and wife.”
Go back to the main article: How to Get Married in the Philippines (Civil and Church Wedding Guide)
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the difference between parental consent and parental advice? Can I use them interchangeably?
- Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines. The Family Code of the Philippines (Executive Order No. 209) (1987). Manila, Philippines.