LEGITIMATION ACT

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

   1   Short title

   2   Legitimation of child born before wedlock

   3   Provision as to issue of legitimated child who died before legitimation

   4   Not to affect estate, etc, in possession or expectancy

   5   Act not operative if at time of birth there be legal impediment to the marriage of parents

   6   Legitimacy of children of certain void marriages

 

THE LEGITIMATION ACT

[Date of Commencement: 3rd June, 1909]

Cap 217.

Law 18 of 1961.

1   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Legitimation Act.

2   Legitimation of child born before wedlock

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   Any child born before the marriage of his or her parents whose parents have intermarried or shall hereafter intermarry shall be deemed on the marriage of such parents to have been legitimated as from the date of such marriage and shall be entitled to all the rights of a child born in wedlock.

3   Provision as to issue of legitimated child who died before legitimation

   The issue of any such legitimated child who has died or may hereafter die before the marriage of his or her parents shall take, by operation of law, the same real and personal property which would have accrued to such issue if the parent had been born in wedlock.

4   Not to affect estate, etc, in possession or expectancy

   Nothing in this Act shall affect any estate, right, or interest in any real or personal property to which any person has become or may become entitled, either mediately or immediately in possession or expectancy by virtue of any disposition made before the passing of this Act, or by virtue of any devolution by law on the death of any person dying before the passing of this Act.

5   Act not operative if at time of birth there be legal impediment to the marriage of parents

   Nothing in this Act shall have the effect of legitimating any child if at the time of the birth of such child there existed any legal impediment to the intermarriage of the parents of such child:

   Provided that-

   (a)   the foregoing provisions of this section shad cease to have effect on the 19th March, 1962; and

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