Definitions for paternitypəˈtɜr nɪ ti
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the state of being a father
"tests were conducted to determine paternity"
the kinship relation between an offspring and the father
the act of initiating a new idea or theory or writing
"the authorship of the theory is disputed"
fatherhood, being a father
parental descent from a father
legal acknowledgement of a man's fatherhood of a child
Origin: From paternitas, from paternus + -itas, from pater.
the relation of a father to his child; fathership; fatherhood; family headship; as, the divine paternity
derivation or descent from a father; male parentage; as, the paternity of a child
Origin: [L. paternitas: cf. F. paternit. See Paternal.]
Paternity law, or father law, is the legal area dealing with establishing or disputing "paternity", the legal relationship between a father and his child. A child born to the wife during a marriage under common law is determined to be the husband's child by a "presumption of paternity". This presumption, can sometimes be rebutted by evidence to the contrary, generally prior to a formal court ruling involving divorce, annulment or legal separation. In the case of unwed fathers, a man may come forward and accept the paternity of the child in what is called a "voluntary acknowledgment of paternity", the mother or government can file a petition for a determination of paternity against a putative father, or paternity can be determined by the courts through estoppel over time.
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Establishing the father relationship of a man and a child.
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