Child Custody & Support in the Philippines

The firm has a wide range of experience in international child custody and support. It has had the fortune of having been engaged in cases involving the selective application of the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspect of International Child Abduction in multi state and multi nationality situations, involving either the Philippines as the country of destination or a Filipino national as the abductor or the child involved. These cases have presented complicated conflicts of laws issues which remain to be gray areas in Philippine Family Law, especially considering the abiding refusal of the Philippines to accede to the Hague Convention.

Locally, the firm has seen to trial cases involving very complicated issues of jurisdicition and other substantive matters impinging on the application of R.A. 9262, otherwise known as the Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children, the principal and anciliary remedies thereof as they interplay with the child custody provisions of the Civil Code and the circulars of the
Supreme Court on child custody, protection orders, and issuance of the writ of habeas corpus.

While the Philippines has not formally ratified the 2007 international protocol on child support or the Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and other forms of Family Maintenance, the U.S. offices of the firm has of late been processing claims for support by Filipino children against U.S. resident parents under an alternative line of remedies developed by the Family Law Department.

Title and Description: “ The International Law practice of De Borja Lamorena and Duano Law Offices is geared towards the needs of Filipinos abroad as they impinge on Philippine Laws, inclusive of U.S. Immigration law issues and Family Law in the Philippines.”

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