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Why establishing paternity is important

Legally speaking, paternity means fatherhood. It is the legal establishment of an individual as being the father of a child. This legal relationship can be established either by a court order or by the father’s voluntary acknowledge of paternity. There are many reasons why paternity matters.

What's the difference between physical custody and legal custody?

It can be tempting to think of child custody is a generic term, but in reality it has two distinct forms that divorcing parents need to take into account when creating a divorce settlement agreement or when contesting the matter in court. In Massachusetts these are legal custody and physical custody.

Shared parenting in Massachusetts may be good for kids

It has been generally assumed that children of divorced parents who lived with both parents afterwards would end up being stressed out due to having to move back and forth between two households. However, a study done in Sweden that was recently published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health indicates that children who live with only one parent after a divorce are the most likely to feel stress due to their living situation.

Prison and failure to pay child support in Massachusetts

Ensuring that non-custodial parents pay child support is sometimes a challenge for the justice system, and states have various measures in place to enforce child support payment arrangements. In many states, parents who fail to pay child support can have certain funds garnished and can be sent to prison. According to a report in The New York Times, the threat of prison is believed to be an effective incentive for parents who have the ability to pay but refuse to do so.

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