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Response to CreekDog (Reply #5)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 06:33 PM

6. See definition 1 of Merriam Webster

1: not recognized as lawful offspring; specifically: born of parents not married to each other

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/illegitimate

As far as I can tell, the only legal rights that the child is deprived of is the legal right to support by their father, unless the father voluntarily accepts responsibility or unless there is a court order establishing paternity and responsibility.

In some cases, the child's father may not be named on the birth certificate or be known to the child. This will pose a problem for establishing geneology and family medical histories.

But to be clear, I suppose that we could discuss differences between the situation of "children born to married parents" and "children born to unmarried parents".

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