Protecting Individuals, Families And Children Every Step Of The Way

For More Than 20 Years
Photo of Lisa A. Ruggieri P.C.
  1. Home
  2.  » 
  3. Issues Involving Children
  4.  » Paternity


Last updated on May 9, 2023

A man may voluntary affirm that he is the father of a child, or paternity can be established through a test ordered by the court.

Once it is legally established, fatherhood carries with it the duty to pay child support. Depending on circumstances, the father may or may not be able to claim visitation rights with the child.

Photo of Professionals at Law Offices of Lisa A. Ruggieri, P.C.

The Law Offices of Lisa A. Ruggieri, P.C., has extensive experience in paternity cases and represents both fathers and mothers. We will work to resolve your case and related matters arising from paternity such as child support and custody matters, including child visitation rights in an efficient cost-effective manner.

Call 781-489-3759 or send us an email to schedule an appointment.

Paternity And Child Support

Once the paternity of a child has been legally established, the father can be made to pay child support for future years. He also becomes responsible for past child support dating back to the birth of the child. In some cases, this back child support can amount to tens of thousands of dollars.

The adjudication of paternity and the issuance of a child support order are two separate actions, each presenting different legal issues.

Family law attorney Lisa Ruggieri has represented clients in both situations — mothers wishing to compel the father to pay child support, and fathers wishing to limit the amount of support that must be paid. She can advise you of your rights and what can be done to achieve your goals.

Paternity, Custody And Visitation

Courts decide every custody and visitation question in favor of what they determine to be the “best interest of the child.” This means that the legal father of a child is not necessarily entitled to visitation rights, but these may be obtained through a successful action in court.

Even if a father has no prior significant relationship with the child, he may still be able to obtain visitation rights and a parenting plan, though that outcome is by no means certain.

The Law Offices of Lisa A. Ruggieri, P.C., represents mothers and fathers in custody and visitation actions. We understand the legal issues in these matters and the criteria judges use to make their decisions, and will work energetically to achieve your goals.

Contact A Paternity Lawyer

To schedule an appointment with the Law Offices of Lisa A. Ruggieri, P.C., call 781-489-3759 or send our paternity lawyer an email.

Practice Areas

5 Star Reviews

A Superb Lawyer!

Lisa guided me through the divorce process and helped me obtain my desired outcome. Throughout the entire process, she helped make the process as painless as possible. Lisa is truly a super lawyer who will be an asset to anyone that utilizes her knowledge, experience, dedication and abilities!

– Eric E.

Successfully Settled My Case With Just One Court Appearance

My ex husband is an attorney and I knew I needed a top notch attorney on my side in order to secure a favorable outcome. In less than a month, from start to finish, Attorney Ruggieri successfully settled my case with just one court appearance.

– Carol K.

All Of The Online Reviews Of Attorney Lisa Ruggieri Are True!

All of the online reviews of Attorney Lisa Ruggieri are true! If you need top-notch legal advice to land you on your feet post-divorce, I would highly recommend the Law Offices of Lisa Ruggieri. Lisa is very knowledgeable and draws a strong line around defending and protecting her clients.

– Eugenia Z.

She Was Aggressive And Never Backed Down

I found Lisa through reviews and was not disappointed. Lisa and her staff were great! They were very supportive and explained everything. She was aggressive and never backed down, even when I wanted to settle. She always looked out for my best interest, even when I didn’t want to. I can’t recall a single debate she lost during the entire case. If I were ever in a similar situation again (which will not be anytime in the foreseeable future!), I would call Lisa.

– Erik T.