Analyzing “Child Born Out Of Wedlock” (“Illegitimate Child”) In The Law On Marriage And Family

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Nguyen Thi Bao Anh
Nguyen Phuc Gia Nguyen


Illegitimate children, Wedlock, out-of-wedlock, Stepparents, Determination of parents


The rights of children born out of wedlock (illegitimate children) is an issue that has not been addressed adequately in law. This article addresses how illegitimate children can identify their parentage according to the law. It also, within its scope, covers the rights of out-of-wed-lock children, such as the right to identify their parentage, the procedure to be followed while identifying parents, and the relevant legislation. The article further focuses on the inheritance rights of illegitimate children and their stepparents. The article has identified some weaknesses in the laws governing the identification of parents and children. It has also discussed the shortcomings in the law dealing with inheritance and suggested some changes that would strengthen the law. Moreover, the article has also noted the challenges the requester faces while determining parents or children.

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