What about the legitimacy of children?


As indicated in previous sections, there are no civil effects to a Catholic Church declaration of invalidity in the United States. It does not affect, in any manner, the legitimacy of children. It cannot be used to question a child's paternity. It cannot be used to influence a civil court to set or change the terms of a civil divorce, child custody, support or property settlement. Catholic Church law has always protected the legitimacy of children because they were born into a presumed valid marital relationship.




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