Framingham Paternity Lawyer
Our Experienced Legal Team Can Help
In general, paternity cases throughout Massachusetts seek to obtain
child support and/or
custody/visitation rights. Whether a father aims to initiate a visitation action
or a mother is trying to obtain child support, establishing paternity
can accomplish these goals.
If you are interested in establishing paternity in Framingham, our legal team at
Saponaro Barach Bingham LLP can get the job done. We can help you resolve such family law issues as
the establishment of parental rights, child custody, and visitation rights,
parenting plans for unmarried parents, and child support payments.
How to Establish Paternity in Massachusetts
Paternity refers to the determination of a child’s “legal”
father and the related rights and obligations afforded to the father of
the child. When “paternity has been established,” this means
that a person has been named the legal father of a child.
Paternity is automatically established if the parents are married to one
another when the child is born--with the father having his name on the
birth certificate. By contrast, if the parents of the child are not married
to each other when the child is born, then paternity must be established
before the father’s name is placed on the birth certificate of the child.
Paternity can be established in the following two ways:
Voluntarily - Both the mother and father agree that the father is a biological parent.
To voluntarily establish paternity, both parents must sign the “voluntary
acknowledgment of parentage”--which can be done at the hospital
when the child is born or at the city or town clerk’s office--before
a notary public. The document is then filed with the Registry of Vital Records.
Involuntarily - Known as an “order of paternity,” this is done in a court
of law before a judge. This often occurs when a party disputes paternity.
The alleged father, the mother, the child, the child’s guardian,
or even a government representative can seek to establish paternity. Once
a “complaint to establish paternity” is filed, the court may
order DNA or genetic testing of the child and father. If the father is
the biological father, then the court will issue an order of paternity,
declaring the legal father and ordering that his name will be included
in the child’s birth certificate.
Not only does establishing paternity means having a father named on the
child’s birth certificate, there are specific rights for both the
father and the child associated with establishing paternity. As we mentioned
in the beginning, a father can request custody or visitation, while a
mother can ask for support from the father can occur when paternity is
Get the Rights You Deserve Today!
Whether you need to establish paternity or are trying to fight it, Saponaro
Barach Bingham LLP can review your case and figure out all of your legal
options to obtain the most favorable results. Do not hesitate to get the
knowledgeable and skilled legal help necessary to present an effective case.
Contact us and speak with our Framingham family law attorney for more information today.