Filiation Proceeding

Filiation Proceeding

A process whereby a court determines the Paternity of an illegitimate child in order to establish the father's duty to provide support for the child.

A filiation proceeding is also referred to as a bastardy proceeding or an affiliation proceeding.

Cross-references

Illegitimacy.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.