I have had problems getting documentation with the NSO in connection with a claim for my mother's GSIS benefits. Here's my situation:
Before I was born, my mother was married to another person. They separated and then she met my father, who she never married. I am their only living child. Throughout the years, I am not aware if she was able to nulify her previous marriage.
My mother died in 2008 and in the course of claiming her GSIS benefits I found that the first priority to make the claim would be a living spouse.
I don't know the man who was married to my mother. I have never seen him in my entire lifetime, and as to my knowledge, they had not communicated since they split in 1976. When I asked my relatives, they say that he had deceased before I was born in 1979, but my relatives did not know exactly when he died or where. I am now unsure if he is still alive or not, and where he is now.
As far as the GSIS is concerned, I cannot complete the claim unless I can produce a death certificate for that person. And I cannot get a death certificate without a date and place of death.
Hope to get advice soon. The window for claiming the GSIS benefits expires in October 2012.
Thanks in advance!