Presumption of legitimacy

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The "presumption of legitimacy" is a common law rule of evidence that states that a child born within the subsistence of a marriage is deemed to be the child of the husband.

Early history[edit]

Paternity (law) has been considered a historically important issue in determining the rules of succession.[1] Illegitimate children were originally debarred from inheriting a monarchy, title, nobility or property.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Presumption of Legitimacy". Retrieved June 12, 2010.