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Filius Nullius

[Latin, A son of nobody.] An illegitimate child who had few legal rights under the COMMON LAW.

Laws have broadened the legal rights of illegitimate children who, in the language of some statutes, are referred to as nonmarital children.

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Illegitimacy.

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