Certificate of Freedom to Marry is an additional required document for church weddings in the Philippines wherein a party has stayed abroad for more than six months. This, they say, is to make sure that the party has not wed on any given time while staying in that country.
How to Get Certificate of Freedom to Marry?
It is too ambiguous. A church representative told me that the employer of the person abroad (OFW) is the one to provide this, but I'm thinking, what does the employer have to do with it?
As for other churches, they say that it could be obtained from the parish of the OFW's residence abroad.
Still, there are those saying that it is required, too, for foreigners which will be having a church wedding in the Philippines. In this case, they have to obtain a Certificate of Freedom to Marry from a Catholic Pastor, Protestant, Minister or Embassy of the non-Filipino party.
Now, which is which? It's just one of the many confusing things in the Philippines...