I am confused and scared, but I hope with your pieces of advice, I can gather courage to face my situation.
I got married last September 2011. I knew that my husband have been married for 14 years, but he told me that he and his 1st wife don't have marriage papers (He said he had them pulled out through connections). He showed me a verification paper that he is not married to the 1st wife. This is the reason I married him. I assumed that I would be the legal wife.
I have the original copy of our marriage certificate. I have yet to request for the NSO certified copy. I am also 4 months pregnant with my husband now. He and the 1st wife never had and never would have kids.
My husband seems scared of the 1st wife. He also refuses to live with me for reasons I do not know.
Last night, we had our biggest fight. I went to a hospital to get Medico Legal for my injuries
Here are my questions:
1) If indeed I am the 2nd wife ( I plan to file for annulment for the basis of bigamy), do I need to use my husband's last name in my bank accounts, SSS, passport, etc. I have a feeling that they also have a record with the NSO.
2) When I give birth, can I declare in the hospital that I am single? Would it be ok if I not use the father's last name? I want to name our baby after my maiden name.
3) My husband is a seaman. There is a possibility that when I give birth, he will not be around to sign the birth certificate. How do I get about claiming the rights of my child?
I would really appreciate your taking time to read my post and to give me advice. Thank you, as well, for a very helpful site. It's very helpful for people like me. More power and Merry Christmas!