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Legal support for paternity cases in Massachusetts

A father may worry about having the opportunity to be involved in his child's life if that child has been or will be born out of wedlock. However, an understanding of rights and responsibilities can be helpful as steps are taken to establish paternity. Ideally, your rights can be established at the hospital after your child is born. However, there are situations that can complicate this process.

In some cases, a legal father may exist because of the mother's marriage to a different party. In other cases, a mother may attempt to keep a father out of a child's life by failing to name him as the father. Because circumstances can vary, reliable advice and legal support may be important for establishing your relationship with your child. In some cases, a mother may be convinced of her need to cooperate. In other cases, a father might need to request genetic testing to prove that the relationship is valid.

In dealing with paternity issues, an alleged father might also face a situation in which he disputes the relationship. Representation could be important in seeking the testing and presenting other evidence to support this position. Because paternity implies a financial obligation to a child, the outcome of a paternity case can be significant to all parties involved. The establishment of paternity allows you to establish a meaningful relationship with your child through visitation and decision making as you also meet your financial obligations.

As you approach your paternity case, you may have questions about your obligations and rights. Additionally, you may worry about being kept at bay as your child grows up. The establishment of your rights is important for giving you the opportunity to be involved. You can learn more about these concerns as you review our fathers' rights page.

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