Establishing or disestablishing paternity can be a crucial endeavor. It not only dictates child support obligations, but it affects parental rights regarding visitation and custody as well.
The statute affecting paternity is designed to be read in gender-neutral terms. Although paternity is traditionally a man seeking to establish parental rights regarding a child or a woman attempting to disestablish rights of a man to a child, a woman can also use the paternity statute in Massachusetts to establish paternity as to a child without a biological relationship to that child. Children may also want to establish paternity for the purposes of inheritance or to receive other types of benefits.
Dealing with paternity issues alone can be difficult. Clients can work with other parties effectively through Sladen Family Law, PLLC to deal with this often-delicate issue.