a court order requiring the father of an illegitimate child to make child-support payments.
(law) (formerly) an order made by a magistrates’ court that a man adjudged to be the father of an illegitimate child shall contribute a specified periodic sum towards the child’s maintenance
- Affiliation proceedings
plural noun (formerly) legal proceedings, usually initiated by an unmarried mother, claiming legal recognition that a particular man is the father of her child, often associated with a claim for financial support
to bring into close association or connection: The research center is affiliated with the university. to attach or unite on terms of fellowship; associate (usually followed by with in U.S. usage, by to in Brit. usage): to affiliate with the church. to trace the descent, derivation, or origin of: to affiliate a language. to adopt. […]
- Affiliative drive
the urge to form friendships and attachments, typically prompting a person to attend social gatherings and join organizations as a way of preventing loneliness and gaining emotional security.
related by or concerning marriage.