A legitimated child is a child 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.
A usual problem that a legitimated child has is that he/ she still carries the name of the mother, notwithstanding the marriage of the parents. In case you or someone you know is a legitimated child, the proper solution to this problem is to file an application for legitimation.
The basic requirements for this procedure are:
1. The marriage certificate of your parents;
2. The CENOMAR of both your parents;
3. A Joint Affidavit for Legitimation executed by both of your parents.
Please remember that the civil registrar may require other documents from you to support your application.
After the registration of the affidavit of legitimation, this annotation will appear on your birth certificate:
“Legitimated by Subsequent Marriage on ________ (date of marriage) at __________ (place of marriage)”
The name as it originally appears on your birth certificate will be not changed, altered or deleted.