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mother

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MOTHER, domestic relations. A woman who has borne a child.
     2. It is generally the duty of a mother to support her child, when she is left a widow, until he becomes of age, or is able to maintain himself; 8 Watts, R. 366; and even after he becomes of age, if he be chargeable to the public, she may, perhaps, in all the states, be compelled, when she has sufficient means, to support him. But when the child has property sufficient for his support, she is not, even during his minority, obliged to maintain him. 1 Bro. C. C. 387; 2 Mass. R. 415; 4 Miss. R. 97.
     3. When the father dies without leaving a testamentary guardian, at common law, the mother is entitled to be the guardian of the person and estate of the infant, until he arrives at fourteen years, when he is able to choose a guardian. Litt. sect. 123; 3 Co. 38; Co. Litt. 84 b; 2 Atk. 14; Com Dig. B, D, E; 7 Ves. 348. See 10 Mass. 135, 140; 15 Mass. 272; 4 Binn. 487; 4 Stew. & Part. 123; 2 Mass. 415; Harper, R. 9; 1 Root, R. 487.
     4. In Pennsylvania, the orphans' court will, in such case, appoint a guardian until the infant shall attain his fourteenth year. During the joint lives of the parents, (q.v.) the father (q.v.) is alone responsible for the support of the children; and has the only control over them, except when in special cases the mother is allowed to have possession of them. 1 P. A. Browne's Rep. 143; 5 Binn. R. 520; 2 Serg. & Rawle 174. Vide 4 Binn. R. 492, 494.
     5. The mother of a bastard child, as natural guardian, has a right to the custody and control of such child, and is bound to maintain it. 2 Mass. 109; 12 Mass. 387, 433; 2 John. 375; 15 John. 208; 6 S. & R. 255; 1 Ashmead, 55.

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Coronation Street's Denise Black stars as the Mother Superior and Brookside and The Royal favourite Michael Starke as Monsignor O'Hara, with rising new star Cynthia Erivo as Deloris.
After our tour, we went to sit in one of the salons in the bishop's palace where we were served ancient tumblers of cold well-water and where Vasko and Mother Superior, who had been educated in Paris and who had spent her youth going to balls at King Alexander's court in Belgrade, talked about Camus and Beckett, whom she had been rereading.
Determined to have access to the loft for her choir, Mother Superior asked local builders for plans, but all concluded that the chapel was too small, the loft too high.
Now all he has to do is persuade Laura Wade-Gery, mother superior of Tesco's internet business and certain successor to the throne once Tel calls it a day, to stick his wretched rags on the homepage.
As epiphanies go, splashing the mother superior in her resplendent summer white habit with a bowl of prunes may be one of the more unusual ones in religious history.
The mother superior of the convent said the nuns were removing furniture because Esposito was "in illegal possession" of the property.
She'll need that when she takes to the West End stage again next month, this time playing Mother Superior in the new musical Sister Act.
Her new role as Sister Aloysius, the fearsome Mother Superior of a 1964 parochial school in the film version of John Patrick Shanley's drama "Doubt," would seem like the perfect outlet for her theatricality.
This request alarms the New Mother Superior who orders Sister Camille to see a psychologist.
I'm joking that in about 15 years, I'll be Maria, and then in another 15 years I'll be the Mother Superior,'' she continues.
The Mother Superior in the convent, who has been ill in bed for a long time, confesses to having murdered the nun and dies of a cardiac arrest.
But despite efforts from her parents, the Mother Superior, and her guidance counselor, Raine just can't stay on track.