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Don't be shy, dad, about asserting those parental prerogatives

Say that you're a good Massachusetts father. A workable definition of that might be a conscientious and caring dad who strives to remain on civil terms with your former spouse or soon-to-be ex and makes strong efforts to routinely promote the best interests of your children.

Do fathers have the same rights as mothers?

As a parent, you want what's best for your child. Is living with his or her mother in Massachusetts the best option? Will the court think so just because she's the mother and because she saw him or her a few hours more each day? These are questions you may have and that suggests that you need to protect your rights as a father, too.

The rights of unmarried fathers explained

Having a child can be one of the great joys in your life. Children can make you grow as a person, enforce responsibility and give you a reason to be happy and successful. Sometimes, parents are in a difficult position, though, because they aren't married. If you find yourself in a similar situation in Massachusetts, then you need to understand how to move forward and claim your paternal rights.

Get DNA proof to determine your responsibilities to a child

As a potential father of a child, you want to be sure that the child is yours. You can be absolutely certain if you have a DNA test, but if your ex-partner or current partner doesn't want to allow the test, then you may have to get the test ordered by the courts.

Get the responsibility you want with a paternity test

It's not always easy to determine who the father of a child is; sometimes, the mother won't want the DNA test completed or doesn't want to comply since she and the father aren't getting along or aren't dating or seeing each other. If that's what's happening in your case but you want to establish paternity, then you have every right to demand that the test is given. Seeking a court order to legally establish your fatherhood will allow you to be part of your child's life.

Massachusetts law: Parents and having children out of wedlock

Having children out of wedlock is not uncommon. Of course, if this happens, paternity needs to be established. Maternity is typically assumed, although in some cases, like those with surrogates, even maternity can be challenged.

Paul George faces trial over father's rights and paternity

Paternity is a difficult issue for some people. Taking the test may seem invasive, especially to those who weren't expecting to be accused of being the father of a child after a one-night stand or short relationship. Taking the DNA test is simple, and if you believe your child's father is who you think it is, then he should have no problem taking the test and accepting responsibility.

Your paternity rights: The right to your child in Massachusetts

Paternity is an important factor in raising a child. To the courts, it makes the difference between visitation and custody rights along with the child support payments you'd need to make. Establishing paternity is vital, because without it, you have few rights as a parent.

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