West Virginia Law Review

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Legitimation and adoption are institutions unknown to the common law. They are purely creatures of statutes, borrowed from the civil and canon law, in those jurisdictions where the common law prevails. Statutes, providing for the legitimation and adoption of children, however, have become common in the United States, and these Civil Law institutions have been woven into the fabric of common law notions. The development has been especially interesting in the field which we know as the Conflict of Laws. It is the purpose of this paper to examine these institutions with a view to determine under what circumstances, and to what extent the status of persons, fixed in accordance with these statutes, will be recognized and made effective outside the territory by the law of which the same was created.

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