bastardy action
An archaic name given to a court proceeding in which the paternity of an illegitimate child is determined in order to impose and enforce support obligations upon the father.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


bastardy action
An archaic name given to a court proceeding in which the paternity of an illegitimate child is determined in order to impose and enforce support obligations upon the father.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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