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Paternity claim an issue for Massachusetts fathers?

As many Massachusetts natives know, there are many sensational stories in the media today about mothers fighting for custody of their children. Less reported, however, are stories of fathers doing the same thing. One man from a nearby state is making waves with a paternity claim he hopes to back up with DNA evidence.

This young individual is claiming that he should have a chance to raise his 3-month-old daughter, conceived when he and the child's mother were minors. He says that he had no idea the child was even there until after she was born. He is asking for custody of the child and hopes his DNA paternity test will prevent her adoption. He claims to have a nursery ready for the child at his mother's home but says an adoption agency is denying him custody.

As in any child custody case, emotions run high. In this case, where the mother relinquished custody to an adoption agency and the father is seeking to raise the child, the child is obviously desired and wanted by the father and his family. While it may seem an obvious choice, obtaining DNA proof of paternity can only help the father's case.

Many men seek to establish a paternity claim by submitting to DNA testing, although this is not always necessary. Whether this Rhode Island father is seeking child custody or visitation rights, every man should have the opportunity to be involved in his child's life. In Massachusetts, where one may be confused by what a father's rights are where his children are concerned, a third party may be necessary to intervene.

Source:, "Man fights for custody of 3-month-old girl," Tony Gugliotta, July 10, 2013

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