Paternity cases result in high levels of tension between parents. The mother may feel as if the dad is refusing to take responsibility for the child. A father may feel that the mother is refusing him contact with his son or daughter. Regardless of the facts of your particular situation, it is important to understand that nothing will be accomplished from the parties arguing back and forth. Also, no actions can be taken in regards to visitation or child support unless paternity is established. Such cases often involve a wide range of issues. It is, therefore, important that you retain an experienced attorney to assist you. Our Boston paternity lawyers have over twenty-five years of combined legal experience and they are ready to assist you. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation. We also assist those in Cambridge, Salem, Dedham, Worcester, Cambridge, and other areas.
Paternity attorneys assisting Boston residents with cases involving child custody and support
The law does not consider one to be the father of a child until paternity has been established. This means that, without an establishment of parentage, the Probate and Family Court cannot rule on issues such as child custody, visitation, child support, and more. This means that, until parentage is established, the dad will have no right to visitation and will also have no financial commitments to support the child. Paternity is typically established in one of two ways. First, the parents can sign an acknowledgement of parentage and they typically do so, at the hospital, at the time of the child’s birth. Second, a legal action can be filed with the Court. Once the Court has declared the legal status of the father then an order may be entered regarding back child support and for a visitation plan which will reunify the dad with the child.
A paternity case will begin by filing a Petition with the Court. The party filing the Petition will typically file a Motion shortly after the case is opened. This Motion will request that a paternity test be ordered. The Court will order the test and will typically schedule a return hearing for a time when the results will be available. If the test results are negative (meaning that the male is not the father) then the case will end. If the male is the father then the Court will enter a temporary order stating the amount of support to be paid as well as the dad’s visitation schedule. If an agreement is not reached between the parents, then a trial will be held at a later date to issue a final resolution to custody, visitation, and support issues. Such matters involve many different aspects of child custody and it is important that you retain an experienced lawyer to assist you.
Our Boston paternity attorneys are able to help with all aspects of your case. Edward Swan and Sohail Nassiri will use an initial consultation to gain an understanding of your situation and to help you understand what to expect from the process. They will quickly file a Petition and any necessary Motions or Oppositions with the Court. Once paternity has been established then our firm will use discovery (the process by which information is gained in a lawsuit) to build a case for custody and support. Our discovery efforts will likely focus on the other party’s fitness to parent and the earning potential of each side. If a settlement is not reached then we will take your case to trial and will protect your rights throughout the process. Our firm understands that this is a serious time in your life. We will give your case the attention it deserves. Contact us today.
Lawyers staying in regular communication with Boston residents who are facing a paternity dispute
If you are going through a paternity dispute then you are already frustrated with the other party. You do not need the added frustration of having to deal with an attorney who will not stay in communication with you. Our lawyers make client-communication a priority. They give clients their cell phone numbers, they promptly return messages, and they make themselves available to answer questions. Nothing is more important than your family. We are here to help.
In addition to Boston, we also assist Massachusetts residents in the Middlesex County cities of Cambridge, Lowell, Somerville, and Newton, as well as those in the cities of Salem, Dedham, Worcester, Brockton, Quincy, and Lynn.