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Rules in Determining One’s Domicile of Choice

As stated in Gallego v. Vera (73 Phil. 453), these are the fundamental principles governing
domicile of choice:
a) No natural person must ever be without domicile.
b) No person can have two or more domiciles at the same time, except for certain
purposes, and from difference legal viewpoints.
c) Every sui juris may change his domicile at pleasure.
d) Once acquired, it remains the domicile unless a new one is obtained.
e) The presumption being in favour of the continuance of an existing domicile, the
burden of proof is on the one who alleges that a change of domicile has taken place.
f) To acquire a new domicile of choice, the following must concur:
‒ Residence or bodily presence in the new locality;
‒ An intention to remain there (animus manendi); and
‒ An intention not to return to the former abode (animus non revertendi)