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Establishing Paternity in Massachusetts

On behalf of posted in Family Law on Friday January 14, 2011

Establishing paternity means recognizing someone as the legal father of a child. An official determination of paternity is beneficial for the child, mother and father, and it can be accomplished in a few different ways. Importance of Paternity Determinations Establishing paternity is important for both the parents and the child because it gives the parents specific legal rights and also provides several benefits for the child. Some of these benefits include: Giving the child a sense of identity Establishing mutual responsibility for the child's well-being Allowing the child to know more about his or her family health history Providing financial…

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Child Support Payment Does Not Affect Visitation Rights

On behalf of posted in Family Law on Thursday January 13, 2011

In most cases, child custody, visitation (also known as parenting time) and child support are established at the same time by a judge. Consequently, many parents think that child support is tied to visitation rights. However, child support payment does not affect parents' visitation rights. Massachusetts child custody guidelines state that children must be allowed to enjoy the society, love and companionship of both parents to the fullest extent possible. According to the child custody guidelines, judges determine child custody, visitation and support according to the following principles: Providing a standard of living the child would have enjoyed had the…

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