Tatay ko may kabit, father has mistress married in Islam muslim rites, how to protect our property

John Tuazon
is in the Philippines

Yung tatay ko may kabit and then legal sila na nagpakasal sa Islam. But Christian kame ng nanay ko. Ang tanong ko lang, paano ko maangkin ang mga pagmamay-ari namin kasi may anak na sila at ayaw kong isauli na ang lahat. Ano ang dapat kong gawin para wala silang makuha sa amin ng nanay ko.

Question: My father/dad has a mistress. They are legally married in Islam/Muslim rites. My mother and I, on the other hand, are Christians. How can we protect our property/financial investments etc., because my father and his mistress/second wife are have a child, and my mom and I do not want to give up what is rightfully ours. What should my mother and I do, so that they cannot get what is ours?

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Adelaimar C Arias-Jose
is a Legal expert in the Philippines
Hindi masyadong maliwanag ang mga facts. Ikaw ay anak na legitimate ng tatay mo, at ikaw ay Christian. May kapatid ka sa labas -- doon ba sa Muslim na marriage ng tatay mo? O doon sa mistress? O ang ibig sabihin mo ba'y iisa lamang iyong mistress at iyong pinakasalan sa MUslim rites?

Mahirap kong sagutin ang tanong mo -- una sa lahat, kung ang tatay mo ay kinasal sa MUslim rites, malamang sa nag-pa-convert na rin siya sa Islam. So, legal ang kasal niya doon.

At any rate, pareho lang na may karapatang mag-mana ang lehitimo at ilehitimong mga anak. Iyon na nga lang, mas maliit ang share ng illegitimate child. So, hindi mo puedeng itanggi ang pag-hahati ng ari-arian doon sa illegitimate child ng tatay mo kung sakaling ang tatay mo ay pumanaw na. May share din ang illegitimate child.

So sorry that I cannot help you. You must seek advice from a lawyer in person so that you can disclose facts to the lawyer that you cannot disclose to me here online.

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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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