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wedlock

noun The state of being married; marriage.
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New York, at that time, allowed a child born out of wedlock to inherit from his intestate father only "if a court of competent jurisdiction ha[d], during the lifetime of the father, made an order of filiation declaring paternity in a proceeding instituted during the pregnancy of the mother or within two years from the birth of the child." (125) Appellant was the out-of-wedlock child of the deceased Mario Lalli.
"Children who were born out of wedlock could get birth certificates regardless of who their father is," he said.
Currently, children born in wedlock are registered as ''eldest son'' or ''eldest daughter'' and so on, but those born out of wedlock are registered as simply ''female'' or ''male.''
* Fathers' prenatal involvement will be positively associated with the number of peers and siblings with children born out of wedlock.
It is an appalling state of societytoday that you have written: ``If you introduced a policy of never featuring stories about people whose children were born out of wedlock, your news would be a poor reflection of life in the 21st century''.
Robinson says, "Yes, you can!" Robinson, born out of wedlock, a victim of childhood sexual abuse who was forced to leave her home at the age of 16, has proven her affirmation in her latest book, Yes, You Can: How to Start, Operate, & Grow a Business While Developing Yourself and Pursuing Your Personal Goals (APU Publishing Group, $18).
The proportion of first births that were conceived out of wedlock to women aged 15-29 nearly tripled in the past six decades, rising to 53% in 1990-1994.
The welfare reform bill passed by Congress and endorsed by the Administration contains population control measures such as efforts to reduce the "out of wedlock" birthrate and to promote heterosexual relationships and two-parent families.
Abetted by an increase in conceptions out of wedlock and a slight shrinking of intervals between births, falling ages at marriage generated a population boom: England grew four times faster than its continental rivals from 1550 to 1820.
Sports Illustrated was the first to reveal that Palmer, the Hall of Fame former Baltimore Orioles pitcher, had a child out of wedlock. However, because of Palmer's media savvy, only sketchy information was available, Munson charged.
Compared to a time -- say, 1950 -- when women were encouraged to be (and were) far less sexually free than men, we now have stratospheric rates of unplanned births, births out of wedlock, births to teenaged mothers, pregnancy-related high school dropouts, low birth-weight and diseased newborns, abortions, and sexually transmitted diseases.
Nearly a third of the children born in America last year were born out of wedlock. The illegitimacy rate is rising by a percentage point every year.