paternity suit

paternity suit
pa`ternity ,suit noun count
a legal case brought by a woman against a man in order to establish that he is the father of her child and therefore responsible for providing financial support

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  • paternity suit — n. A lawsuit brought to identify the father of a child and demand child support payments from him. The Essential Law Dictionary. Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008. paternity suit …   Law dictionary

  • paternity suit — paternity suits N COUNT If a woman starts or takes out a paternity suit, she asks a court of law to help her to prove that a particular man is the father of her child, often in order to claim financial support from him …   English dictionary

  • paternity suit — or action A court action to determine whether a person is the father of a child born out of wedlock for the purpose, commonly, of enforcing support obligations. See also HLA test multiple access …   Black's law dictionary

  • paternity suit — ► NOUN chiefly N. Amer. ▪ a court case held to establish the identity of a child s father …   English terms dictionary

  • paternity suit — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms paternity suit : singular paternity suit plural paternity suits a legal case brought by a woman against a man in order to establish that he is the father of her child and therefore responsible for providing… …   English dictionary

  • paternity suit — noun a lawsuit filed to determine the father of a child born out of wedlock (and to provide for the support of the child once paternity is determined) • Syn: ↑bastardy proceeding • Topics: ↑law, ↑jurisprudence • Hypernyms: ↑lawsuit, ↑suit, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • paternity suit or action — A court action to determine whether a person is the father of a child born out of wedlock for the purpose, commonly, of enforcing support obligations. See also HLA test multiple access …   Black's law dictionary

  • paternity suit — pa ternity .suit n a legal action in which a mother asks a court of law to find proof that a particular man is the father of her child, usually in order to claim financial support from him …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • paternity suit — /pəˈtɜnəti sut/ (say puh ternuhtee sooht) noun a court case to establish that a man is or is not the father of a child, as claimed by the person bringing the suit …  

  • paternity suit — noun A lawsuit to identify a childs father and establish child support …   Wiktionary

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