Record numbers of children in Massachusetts are being born out of wedlock, but few parents stop to understand the legal implications. Sociologists suggest the increased numbers of children being born out of wedlock is caused by an American attitude that marriage is less important than it once was.
While it may be socially acceptable to have children born out of wedlock, those children in Massachusetts do not have the same rights as children born of married couples. Children born out of wedlock that are not legitimated through a court special proceeding or subsequent marriage are illegitimate.
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Fathers who are not married to mothers need to file actions to legitimate their children. For more information, contact the Law Offices of Renee Lazar either through email or telephone 978-844-4095 to learn of your rights.