Marriages Between Foreigners Abroad
Are Marriages Between Foreigners Abroad Valid Here in the Philippines?
Marriages between foreigners abroad are valid here in the country since our Philippine family laws apply the principle of lex loci celebrationis, that is, the law of the place. Therefore, if said marriages are valid in the place where celebrated, then such are likewise valid here in our country.
Validity of marriages between foreigners abroad extends to both its formal as well as its intrinsic requirements. However, with respect to its intrinsic validity, there are a few exceptions which if present, still invalidate the marriage. The exceptions include a) universally considered incestuous marriages, i.e. marriages between ascendants and descendants; and brothers and sisters; and b) marriages that are highly immoral, i.e. bigamous and polygamous marriages in Christian countries that prohibit such marriages (Handbook on Conflict of Laws, Justice Alicia V. Sempio-Dy, 2004 edition, 76-77)Illustrations of the Rules of Marriages between Foreigners
Applying above rules in specific instances, the following are some illustrations (ibid., 77):
Indeed, it is very helpful to know whether marriages of foreigners abroad are considered valid here in our country, especially for those Filipino citizens who have existing relationships with them. Having knowledge of the rule of marriages between foreigners abroad serves as a good guide both to foreigners and their Filipino partners in assessing the future of their relationships.