Congratulations to all who made it this far, from first meeting, filing the petition, coming to America, and getting married. It's a memorable and well worth while undertaking we all accomplished. Some couples are still completing different steps like AOS, etc. Others may be done. But there is one more important task.
Do you want your marriage to be recognized in the Philippines? You should, as it has many benefits. Besides the Philippine government expects it. Luckily it's a simple and cheap process.
Keep in mind divorces between Filipinos is not recognized under Philippine Law. I don't know if it applies to US born Filipinos that are American citizens. Even if the Decree was obtained abroad it won't be honored. However, mixed-marriage divorce is allowed as long as the foreigner is the one who initiated the proceedings. The foreigner must prove citizenship. I put this paragraph in for Filipinas that are re-marring. Some of you have married another Filipino here in the States and the rule applies even if you live in the US. Also, decrees issued by the Philippine court allows for re-marriage.
There is about 9 or 10 consulate offices in the States each with its own jurisdiction. Chose the one closest to the place you married.
NEXT STEPS ARE:
Fill out 4 report of marriage contracted abroad forms. Both husband and wife sign and date.
4 photos of each spouse.
1 original of birth certificate and 4 copies, both spouses.
1 original divorce decree and 4 copies of prior marriages. If widowed then 1 original copy and 4 copies of death certificate. NOTE: ALL original documents will be returned to you. Include a $6 postal money order.
Don't forget to included $25 fee in form of money order or cashiers check. Payable to Philippine Consulate General.
Once the marriage is recorded a copy will be sent to you.