nullius filius

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Under the strict common law, a nonmarital child was nullius filius ("nobody's child") and could inherit from neither his mother nor his father.(64) According to the common law, the putative father had no legal duty to support his "natural child" unless he "adopted [legitimated] the child as his own"--a measure that was left to the father's discretion.(65) The strict common law also originally prevented the nonmarital child from inheriting property or status from or through his mother,(66) although many states softened this rule by statute.(67) Under the common-law tradition that developed in America, then, coverture established default rules that enabled patrilineal status transmission in marriage and matrilineal status transmission outside marriage.
1948), which noted that the Act of 1934 did not contemplate "the common law illegitimate, the nullius filius," but that it did extend to children who had been legitimated by the father.