nounEnglish Law , historical
A legal order that the man judged to be the father of an illegitimate child must help to support it.
- In particular, the procedures are extended to affiliation orders and certain orders for lump sum payments.
- An affiliation order could only be made after extensive enquiry proved that a mother was telling the truth.
- In Family Law matters it has power to make maintenance, barring, custody, access and affiliation orders.
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