James Yap can visit son given certain conditions; Kris’ move to change Baby James’ surname not out of spite, says Kris’ lawyer


24 Oras video: Kris Aquino gives nod to James Yap’s right to visit Baby James

Kris Aquino’s legal counsel said Aquino will allow husband James Yap to visit their three-year-old son Baby James, whom Yap claimed Aquino has kept from him since July 30, reports 24 Oras. Aquino and Yap just have to agree on the terms and conditions of Yap’s visits, according to Aquino’s camp.

In a statement reported by Inquirer.net, JYap said he is petitioning for the right to see Baby James twice a week; to have Baby James stay with him overnight once a week, preferably on Fridays; to have a phone number through which he could call Baby James; and to be able to bring Baby James to Negros Occidental so that the boy could visit his grandparents who live in the province. Yap also opposed an aspect of the petition for the nullification of their marriage filed by Aquino: that Baby James take his mother’s maiden name Aquino and drop Yap.

Aquino’s lawyer Ann Sharlyn Lapuz said the surname change is just a "consequence of the law" should the court grant the petition for the nullification of the couple’s marriage, reports Inquirer.net. If the marriage is declared void from the beginning, it would make Baby James an illegitimate child, and he would take his mother’s maiden name, as stipulated in the Family Code. Lapuz said, "We are not doing this to spite Mr. Yap."

Lapuz said Baby James’ inheritance from his mother would be less complicated if he’s an Aquino and that there would be "no unnecessary inconvenience" should his mother decide to travel with him abroad, according to Inquirer.net. Yap’s lawyer Lorna Kapunan had previously said that Baby James’ surname change would be the "most significant and disastrous effect" if the couple’s marriage is declaired null and void.

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