Paternity

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
  • 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.

Once paternity has been established, a father has certain legal rights. He can seek child custody, visitation and other rights through a court order. Fathers are often also 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 establishment of paternity, contact our lawyers for a confidential case assessment, or call us at 978-744-7774.