Affiliation Proceeding

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A court hearing to determine whether a man against whom the action is brought is the father of an illegitimate child and thus legally bound to provide financial support for the child.

Formerly referred to asbastardy actionsor proceedings in many jurisdictions, as of 2003 these were calledpaternityorfiliation proceedings. In several states, these proceedings are governed in part by the Uniform Parentage Act, first adopted by thecommissioners on uniform lawsin 1973. The purpose of the act is to identify natural fathers through a paternity test so that a court may orderchild supportobligations against them.


Commissioners on Uniform Laws; DNA Evidence; Paternity; Paternity Suit.