Chapter 4:

Legitimated Children

(The Family Code of the Philippines)

Article 177

Only children conceived and born outside of wedlock of parents who, at the time of the conception of the former, were not disqualified by any impediment to marry each other may be legitimated.  (269a)

Article 178

Legitimation shall take place by a subsequent valid marriage between parents.  The annulment of a voidable marriage shall not affect the legitimation.  (270a)

Article 179

Legitimated children shall enjoy the same rights as legitimate children.  (272a)

Article 180

The effects of legitimation shall retroact to the time of the child's birth.  (273a)

Article 181

The legitimation of children who died before the celebration of the marriage shall benefit their descendants.  (274)

Article 182

Legitimation may be impugned only by those who are prejudiced in their rights, within five years from the time their cause of action accrues.  (275a)

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