Non-Marital Children may now Use the Surname of their Fathers without Going to Court

In the Philippines, children who were conceived and born outside a valid marriage are considered illegitimate or non-marital. Under the Family Code of the Philippines, non-marital children may only use the surname of their mothers, and not that of their fathers. On 19 March 2004, Republic Act No. 9255 (RA 9255) became effective and this [...]