This post is written to conclude and recap our series on the rights of unmarried parents in Boston, Massachusetts. We felt it was necessary to write on this issue due to the fact that many mothers are fathers are unsure as to how they should proceed when they have never been married and a dispute arises. The goal of our last several articles has been to provide information which will help people to more fully understand their options. It has also been our goal to provide information which will help people to make an informed choice when they are selecting a family law attorney. If you require assistance then contact our office today to speak with a lawyer.
We have addressed several topics over our recent articles. Issues which we have analyzed included:
- The custodial rights of unwed Massachusetts parents
- Why unmarried parents should immediately obtain a custody order
- Litigating a child custody case
- Whether unmarried parents may move a child out of state
There are several reasons why we chose to address these topics. First, it is important to understand that our state considers the rights of a mother and a father to be “equal” when they have never been married. This means that the Court will show no preference towards one parent or the other. Second, unwed parents should immediately obtain a Court Order as, without an order, a parent cannot be stopped from withholding the child. Third, understanding what to expect from the litigation process can help to ensure that things go as smoothly as possible. Finally, it is crucial that a parent immediately go to Court if they wish to remove the child from the state or if the child has been removed without their permission.
One point that we have stressed through each of these articles is the need to speak with a family law attorney as soon as possible if you are involved in a disagreement with your child’s other parent. It is in the best interests of the child if you resolve the matter sooner, rather than later. Our Boston child custody lawyers are able to assist with such matters. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation. We also assist Massachusetts residents in the Middlesex County cities of Cambridge, Lowell, Somerville, and Newton, as well as those in the cities of Worcester, Brockton, Quincy, and Lynn.