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ILLEGITIMACY   65

to provide and the prospective means of the father. The mother may also be ordered to contribute a weekly sum towards the maintenance of the child until it reaches the age of sixteen years, and the judge may make such other order for the care and custody of the child during that period as he may deem just.

In fixing the sum to be paid for maintenance the judge is to be governed by the consideration of what the child would have enjoyed had it been born in lawful wedlock. An order made under the Act may be varied from time to time with changes in the circumstances of the father and the mother.

Where an order is made for future payments the judge may require the father to give security, and in default the father may be committed for contempt.

Where an order is made at the instance of a mother her evidence must be corroborated in some material respect. The proceedings are to be heard in private.

All payments must be road: to the Provincial Officer or subject to his direction. Default in making payments or furnishing


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