Paternity: Establishing Your Rights As A Parent

At the law office of Koiles Pratt Family Law Group, we assist mothers and fathers in establishing and maintaining their parental rights. We understand the value of strong parent-child relationships, and work diligently to protect that unique bond.

Contact our attorneys today to schedule a consultation, or call us at 978-744-7774.

Parental Rights

For children born out of wedlock, it may be necessary to establish parental rights if this was not done in the hospital. At Koiles Pratt Family Law Group, we assist clients in establishing paternity, and we help parents make plans concerning child custody and visitation.

In Massachusetts, a child is designated to receive child support and other financial support until the age of emancipation. This could be at the age of 18, 21 or 23, depending on the child's specific circumstances, including whether the child is enrolled in school, whether the child still lives with and is dependent on a parent, and whether the child is mentally or physically disabled.

Establishing Paternity

When a child's father is not known at birth, paternity can be established through DNA testing. Our attorneys assist clients in establishing paternity through genetic testing.

Once paternity has been established, a father has certain legal rights. He is able to seek child custody, visitation and other rights through a court order. Fathers are often granted the right to make decisions about the upbringing of their children, including decisions concerning education and finances.

Contact Us

If you have legal concerns regarding establishing parental rights, paternity, child support determinations or visitation, contact our lawyers for a confidential consultation, or call us at 978-744-7774.