This is a first post in a series which will discuss the rights of unmarried parents in Boston, Massachusetts. We are writing on this issue due to the fact that mothers and fathers often have a misunderstanding on how the law applies to those who have never wed. These misunderstandings can lead to conflicts which are bad for both the parties and the child. We hope that our coming articles will serve to provide information which will assist parents in understanding their rights and options. We also hope that these posts will provide information which will assist with the selection of a child custody lawyer. If you or a loved one require assistance, then contact our office today to speak with an attorney.
We will be addressing a number of topics over our coming articles. Issues which we will analyze include:
- The rights of unmarried fathers in Massachusetts
- The need for unwed parents to immediately obtain a child custody order
- The process of litigating a child custody case in our state
- Whether an unmarried parent can move out of state with the child
These are important topics to address. First, many people are under the incorrect belief that the law favors the rights of a mother over those of a father. Massachusetts, however, is like many other states in that it views the rights of a mother and a father as being equal. Second, it is generally advisable for unwed parents to gain a custody order as soon as possible. This will give the parents a sense of structure and it helps to ensure future stability in the event of any disagreement. Third, knowing what to expect from the litigation process will help a parent to manage their expectations. Finally, a parent leaving the state with a child often causes conflict; it is important to understand when a parent may or may not do so.
If you are involved in a legal dispute then it is important that you speak with an attorney immediately. The longer you allow the current situation to stay in place then the more likely the Court is to leave the “status quo” in place. By speaking with counsel sooner, rather than later, you can move the situation forward. Our Boston child custody lawyers are experienced in handling such matters and we are ready to assist you. Contact us today. 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.