Antonioni & Antonioni Law Office Serving Central Massachusetts for 58 Years
Free 30-Minute Telephone Consultation 978-401-0823

Paternity rights for unwed Massachusetts fathers

Marriage isn't everyone's cup of tea. Two people may be completely committed to each other, and very much in love, but be content to stay unmarried for various reasons. But how does the law view unwed fathers? Preserving their paternity rights is just one challenge in a line of legal issues that unwed fathers in Massachusetts face. Maneuvering the system of family law in the United States can often be treacherous without competent legal expertise.

For the sake of knowledge, there are basic concepts that unwed fathers should understand. First, a dad has legal rights and recognition as a father is often only obtained by a court order. Even if a father's name is on the child's birth certificate, he is not always necessarily recognized as the child's legal father. Paternity must be adjudicated by a court of law in order to secure equal parental rights.

Without establishing paternity, a father may not have custodial rights to the child if the couple splits. Just because a father may pay child support does not mean that he will receive visitation or custodial rights. The right to spend time with a child must be specifically authorized in a court of law.

Legal parents always have priority in decision making over a non-legal parent. For a father who is not the biological parent of a child, the easiest solution is to formally adopt the child. Without paternity rights, men who have taken responsibility as the father of the child may find their hands tied in several situations. To protect the father's rights, and the rights of the child, Massachusetts fathers can take action.

Source:, Five important things that unwed fathers need to know, Yvette Harrell, Oct. 8, 2013

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

How Can We Help ?

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy