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pa·ter·ni·ty

(pə-tûr′nĭ-tē)
n.
1. The state of being a father; fatherhood.
2. Descent on a father's side; paternal descent.
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The 46-year-old actor, worth an estimated pounds 65million, faces a paternity lawsuit for child support after Mel, 32, revealed he had "not paid a penny" towards the tot since her birth.
Natalie Fears files pounds 8million palimony and paternity lawsuit.