wedlock

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wedlock

noun The state of being married; marriage.
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The laws of intestate succession in all fifty states provide that a child born out of wedlock is automatically his or her mother's legal child.
744, does not define who is a child's "mother" or "father," but does provide that the "mother of a child born out of wedlock is the natural guardian of the child and is entitled to primary residential care and custody of the child unless a court of competent jurisdiction enters an order stating otherwise.
It's high time a law was passed that somehow allowed children who are born out of wedlock here to have some kind of documentation, so that when their mothers are deported the children aren't left stranded at the mercy of strangers.
Under the law of the day, the "responsible parent" was the father for a child born in wedlock but the mother for a child born out of wedlock.
The top court's grand bench made the landmark decision in two separate cases, filed in 2003 by one such child and in 2005 by a group of nine who were born out of wedlock to Japanese fathers and Filipino mothers and who obtained recognition of the paternity of their fathers after birth.
It is also almost unbelievable that any government today can still encourage single-parent families by providing inappropriate social grants for babies born out of wedlock.
The result is all these poor children born out of wedlock who will never know the security of a proper family life.
It is written that the 20th century has seen the greatest decline in religion on record, part of which is connected with unmarried couples along with children born out of wedlock.
Last year, a record four out of 10 children were born out of wedlock, while teen pregnancies have actually decreased.
It is estimated that if this trend continues, more than half of all children born in the UK will be born out of wedlock by 2012.
In one section of his book, he says liberals screwed up by trying to protect children born out of wedlock from cuts in welfare.
For example, he argues that 80 percent of all children in Norway are born out of wedlock.