For children who are born outside of marriage, men in Massachusetts and the rest of the nation are more willing to admit to fatherhood if the mother is educated, wealthy and in good health. According to a researcher from the University of Oklahoma, it also helps if the baby is male.
When you are in a married or long-term, committed relationship, it is often assumed by the couple, and the courts, that paternity is well-established. More often than this, this issue won’t arise in a relationship. But if the biological fatherhood of a child is uncertain, all sorts of problems can arise. This does not just include the obvious child support payment issue. There are higher stakes that could be prevalent, such as naming an heir, adoption and others.
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.
Some residents of Massachusetts may wish to learn more about how paternity testing is conducted in the state. Cases in which the paternity of a child is disputed may be resolved through genetic testing to determine parentage.
Many Massachusetts parents are ecstatic when the time comes to welcome a child into the world. However, there are cases where it may not be known who the father of the child is. If a man was assumed to be the father but evidence suggests that this is not the case, either party can challenge paternity.
Some Massachusetts residents who are questioning paternity may be interested in the way it is established. Paternity testing uses DNA from the parents and the child to establish or disprove biological fatherhood. If paternity is proven, the father will be given the rights and responsibilities due him. If not, the father is not legally responsible for the care and sustenance of the child.
Families involved in paternity disputes in Massachusetts might encounter the situation of having two related males as possible fathers to a child. These males can be brothers or father and son, and they might seek the results of DNA testing to identify the real father.
Without a court order, a mother, child and putative father may be required to submit to paternity testing in Massachusetts. The birth mother or putative father may submit an affidavit claiming that intercourse took place during the probable period of conception. However, this may only be the case in the event that there is no other person who may be the father.
In Massachusetts, unmarried parents can sign an agreement that establishes the identity of the legal father if both parties agree or if either party asks the court to do so. The easiest way is for the parties to sign a form, called the voluntary acknowledgement of parentage. No court action is needed, and they can complete the documents at the hospital, through their city or town clerk, or at the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics. In the latter location, the process can be conducted via mail. At the hospital, the parents will not need to pay, but there is a fee associated with filing the paperwork in the other two situations. However, if either parent is uncertain about whom the biological father is, they should ask the court for a paternity test.
A woman has filed a paternity claim against the famous NBA player Chris Paul. She claims that they had a relationship for a period of time, but that it ended after she learned that she was expecting a baby. Supposedly, the woman has had a private DNA test performed, confirming that Mr. Paul is the father, but the paternity claim requests that an official test be conducted.