Missouri Revised Statutes Title XXXI. Trusts and Estates of Decedents and Persons Under Disability § 474.060. Determination of relationship of parent and child--adopted person is child of adopting parent, exception--illegitimate child, relationship determined

1. If, for purposes of intestate succession, a relationship of parent and child must be established to determine succession by, through, or from a person, an adopted person is the child of an adopting parent and not of the natural parents, except that adoption of a child by the spouse of a natural parent has no effect on the relationship between the child and such natural parent.

2. In cases not covered by subsection 1 herein, a person born out of wedlock is a child of the mother.  That person is also a child of the father, if either of the following occur:

(1) The natural parents participated in a marriage ceremony before or after the birth of the child, even though the attempted marriage is void;

(2) The paternity is established by an adjudication before the death of the father, or is established thereafter by clear and convincing proof, except that the paternity established under this subdivision (2) is ineffective to qualify the father or his kindred to inherit from or through the child, unless the father has openly treated the child as his, and has not refused to support the child.


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