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Code of Canon Law
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CHAPTERVIII. The Effects of Marriage
Can. 1134 From a valid marriage there arises between the spouses a bond which by its nature is perpetual and
exclusive. Moreover, a special sacrament strengthens and, as it were, consecrates the spouses in a Christian marriage
for the duties and dignity of their state.
Can. 1135 Each spouse has an equal duty and right to those things which belong to the partnership of conjugal life.
Can. 1136 Parents have the most grave duty and the primary right to take care as best they can for the physical,
social, cultural, moral, and religious education of their offspring.
Can. 1137 The children conceived or born of a valid or putative marriage are legitimate.
Can. 1138 §1. The father is he whom a lawful marriage indicates unless clear evidence proves the contrary.
§2. Children born at least 180 days after the day when the marriage was celebrated or within 300 days from
the day of the dissolution of conjugal life are presumed to be legitimate.
Can. 1139 Illegitimate children are legitimated by the subsequent valid or putative marriage of their parents or by
a rescript of the Holy See.
Can. 1140 As regards canonical effects, legitimated children are equal in all things to legitimate ones unless the law
has expressly provided otherwise.