Filiation proceeding

Definition of Filiation proceeding

A special statutory proceeding in the nature of a civil action to enforce a civil obligation or duty specifically for the purpose of establishing parentage and the putative father’s duty to support his illegitimate child. State v. Morrow, 158 Or. 412, 75 P.2d 737, 738, 739, 744. See also Paternity suit or action.

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