Declaration of Legitimacy Law and Legal Definition

Declaration of legitimacy is a formal pronouncement that a person is a legitimate child. The effects of the declaration of legitimacy affects the descendants of the child but does not affect the relatives of the father.

“Pursuant to a declaration of legitimacy, the child obtains the legal status of a legitimate child”. [Gollub v. Cook County (In re Estate of Janussek), 281 Ill. App. 3d 233, 238 (Ill. App. Ct. 1996)]