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.
Each spouse has an equal duty and right to those things which belong to the partnership of conjugal life.
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.
The children conceived or born of a valid or putative marriage are legitimate.
§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.
Illegitimate children are legitimated by the subsequent valid or putative marriage of their parents or by a rescript of the Holy See.
As regards canonical effects, legitimated children are equal in all things to legitimate ones unless the law has expressly provided otherwise.
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