Apelyido ng illegitimate stepdaughter, Surname same as biological father, changed to stepfather's surname

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Nais kong humingi ng payo patungkol sa sitwasyon ng aking step-daughter. Siya ay anak ng aking asawa sa panahon na kami ay magkahiwalay. Ngayon ay buo na muli ang aking pamilya at kasama niyang bumalik ang kanyang anak simula pa noong 2012. Ang katanungan ko po ay patungkol sa apelyido ng bata na kung saan ang kanyang dinadala ay ang apelyido ng kanyang ama. Yun din po ang nakasaad sa kanyang birth certificate. Nais ko sana na habang bata pa ay maisunod sa apelyido ng aming pamilya ang apelyido ng bata. Upang hindi naman sya magtaka na magkaiba sila ng apelyido ng ate nya. Sya po ay nasa 6 na taong gulang na at nag-aaral. Ako din po ang nagpapa-aral sa bata at wala naman silang komunikasyon ng kanyang tunay na ama na sa kuwento sa akin ng aking asawa ay isang pulis. Ano po ang mga legal na hakbang na puede kong gawin para mapalitan ang apelyido ng bata? Marami pong salamat.


Question: I have a stepdaughter, who is the daughter of my wife when we had been separated. Now, my wife and I are back together again since 2012. I would like to inquire about the surname of my stepdaughter, who is using the surname of her biological father. That is also what is written on her birth certificate. I would like to have my stepdaughter also have the same surname as ours. This is so that she would not wonder why her surname is different from that of her sister's, when she grows up. My stepdaughter is now 6 years old and studying. I am also supporting her school tuition fees, etc., and she does not have any communication with her biological father, who is a police officer, according to my wife. What legal actions can I take, so that the surname of my stepdaughter could be changed to my surname?

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Adelaimar C Arias-Jose
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You can adopt your step-daughter. Since your step-daughter is your own legal wife's natural or biological daughter, you are free to adopt her. Kapag tinanong kayo ng husgado kung nasaan ang ama ng bata at kung ang ama ng bata ay pumapayag na ang bata ay i-adopt mo, you can say na, aside from the last name noong ama, walang participation sa buhay ng bata ang natural or biological father dahil sa ito ay may pamilya din.

Ang nais mo lamang ay maka-move on na sa mapait na mga pangyayari at napamahal na naman ang bata sa iyo at tinanggap mo na ito at nais mo nang ibilang sa inyong nabuong pamilya.

Ngayon, kung alam naman ng wife mo ang whereabouts noong ama, mas mainam na kausapin ninyo siguro para hingin ang kanyang consent sa adoption o kaya naman, ay i-relinquish na niya ang kanyang parental rights doon sa bata lalo na kung hindi naman siya sumusuporta sa bata o talagang one-night stand lang ang nangyari.

I wish you luck on this.

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Adelaimar C Arias-Jose

I am a graduate of the UP College of Law. Member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines since 1995. I am currently involved in private practice in criminal, civil and labor law.
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