Arroyo bill allows women to revert to maiden name without court order
Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is eyeing a bill that will allow women to revert to their maiden surname even without a court order.
The Pampanga politiko’s proposed measure, called the “Reversion to Maiden Name Act”, allows a woman to revert to her maiden surname after a decree of legal separation, annulment of marriage, nullity of marriage or divorce in another country via a petition filed with Civil Registrar General.
Arroyo said current laws do not give the women the power to use her maiden surname despite legal separation or dissolution of her marriage without a court order.
“Despite the laws and jurisprudence on the matter, there is still an incomplete realization of the woman’s right to continue using her maiden name. Domestic situations such as legal separation, separation de facto and such other similar instances are areas where women may still be required to recourse to a court process for change of name in order to revert to the use of their maiden name,” she said.
“In order to truly realize the woman’s right to use her maiden name, the present measure deletes the tedious and expensive court process that might be associated therewith,” Arroyo said.
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