Subjects: Illegitimacy

As sexual activity outside marriage was forbidden by the church at this time, matters concerning illegitimate children might be brought before the church courts.

Complaints about child support were, however, increasingly brought before Justices of the Peace. In Cheshire, however, there was no Commission of the Peace until 1536.

Acknowledgement of illegitimate child

The church court could enforce the acknowledgement of paternity of an illegitimate child and sometimes oblige the father to support the child.

EDC 5/9/1 – Francis Buckley contra Elizabeth Traves