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Children and “Legitimation”

In Child Custody, Child Support, Parenting by Sarah Hink

Children are frequently born to couples that aren’t married. While there was once a stigma, and even a derogatory term, associated with this, having children without a formal marriage has become incredibly common and accepted. Unfortunately, the law has not caught up and presents an obstacle to children when it comes to their legal rights. In order to gain all of the legal benefits and rights as a child “born in wedlock”, a child must go through a legal process called legitimation. What is Legitimation? Legitimation and paternity are not the same thing. The purpose of a legal paternity finding is primarily to establish a man as the father of a child for purposes of seeking and enforcing child support orders. Legitimation, on the other hand, focuses on the child …