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Paternity - Unmarried Parents

Paternity - Unmarried Parents

"Paternity" actions refer to requests for custody, child support, and/or visitation by unmarried parents. While unmarried parents have rights and responsibilities similar to those of married parents, there are notable differences. It is therefore critical that you have a skilled attorney on your side who is well-versed in the state's paternity laws.

Put simply, the unmarried mother of a child born out of wedlock has full custody by default; the father has no legally enforceable right to see or take the child unless the mother agrees. If the mother will not voluntarily acknowledge the father's identity, then he may file a paternity action in the Probate & Family Court. The court can then legally declare that the man is in fact the father.

Once the father's identity has been established, he is then able to seek court orders for custody or visitation. At the same time, it is probable that the father will be ordered to pay child support to the mother. As can be imagined, being declared the father of a child creates solemn legal rights and responsibilities that have long-lasting consequences, so it essential to have competent representation throughout the process.

Attorney Summers has considerable experience representing both mothers and fathers in paternity actions. To schedule a free consultation and assessment of your case, contact us today.




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