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ILLEGITIMACY   67

be approved of by the judge and a copy of it must be recorded with the Provincial Officer. Where the father admits the paternity of the child he may make such an agreement with the Provincial Officer.

Every person supplying necessaries to an illegitimate child, or paying its funeral expenses, has a right of action against the father, but notice of the action must be given to the Provincial Officer, and in the action the judge may make an order for the future care and custody of the child and require the father in addition to the sum sued for to make weekly payments for such period as the judge may think necessary. The action can-not be brought where the father of the child has fulfilled the terms of an affiliation order or an agreement made with the approval of the judge, and where an affiliation order has not previously been obtained the action must be brought within the time during which the affiliation order might be obtained.

This Act is a great advance in social legislation. It has up to the present time proved eminently successful, and amounts totalling a very considerable sum have


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