The Family

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With the 4th World Meeting of Families coming up next year, let us re-visit how the law defines the family.

The Family Code of the Philippines sees the family as the foundation of the nation and as a basic social institution which public policy cherishes and protects. Consequently, family relations are governed by law and no custom, practice or agreement destructive of the family shall be recognized or given effect.

Article 150 states that family relations include those:

Between husband and wife;
Between parents and children;
Among brothers and sisters, whether of the full or half-blood.

Article 151 states that “No suit between members of the same family shall prosper unless it should appear from the verified complaint or petition that earnest efforts toward a compromise have been made, but that the same have failed. If it is shown that no such efforts were in fact made, the same case must be dismissed.”

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Source:

Nolledo, Jose N. “The Family Code of the Philippines.” The Civil Code of the Philippines. 2000 Revised Edition

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