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Rights of Married Women to Use Their Maiden Names in the Philippines

Updated: 2 days ago


Under Article 370 of the Civil Code, a married woman has three options:

A married woman may use:
(1) Her maiden first name and surname and add her husband’s surname, or (2) Her maiden first name and her husband’s surname, or (3) Her husband’s full name, but prefixing a word indicating that she is his wife, such as “Mrs.

However, it's important to note that the Supreme Court, in the case of Remo v. Secretary of Foreign Affairs (GR No. 169202, March 5, 2010), clarified that a woman is not limited to these three options. She is "allowed to use not only any of the three names provided in Article 370, but also her maiden name upon marriage. She is not prohibited from continuously using her maiden name once she is married because when a woman marries, she does not change her name but only her civil status." This interpretation aligns with the principle that surnames indicate descent and highlights the importance of maintaining one's identity.

Your surname is more than just a label; it represents your lineage, heritage, and family history. It is an integral part of your identity, and you should have the right to decide how you want to be addressed, even after marriage.

It's time to break free from the traditional notion that a woman should automatically take her husband's surname after marriage. While some women may choose to do so, it should be a personal choice rather than an expectation or obligation imposed by society.

Ladies, the power is in your hands. Whether you want to keep your maiden name, adopt your husband's surname, or even combine them, remember that it's YOUR choice. Don't let anyone else dictate how you want to be addressed. Let's embrace our freedom and individuality, starting with our names.

At Lawyers Online PH, we are here to support and empower you. If you have any questions or concerns about your rights regarding the use of your maiden name or any other legal matters, our team of experienced lawyers is ready to assist you. Contact us today to learn more about your options and rights as a married woman in the Philippines. Your choice matters, and we are here to help.

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