Category Archives: Paternity

Massachusetts Custody & Child Support Lawyer Comments on Recent News Story

By Colleen Cunnally, Esq As a Massachusetts divorce and family law attorney and mediator, I’ve been following the case of the convicted rapist who, as a condition of his probation, was ordered to financially support the child born to his then eighth-grade victim.  The father’s age at the time of the offense has been reported at 20, but another story on the ABC News website reported his age at 17.  He and the victim met at a church youth group according to reports.   Now the father, who plead guilty and was sentenced to 16 years probation, wants access to […]

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Paternity in Massachusetts – Who’s Your Daddy?

By Colleen Cunnally, Esq. “Luke…I am your Father…” The movie quote by Darth Vader is actually “No, I am your Father,” but you get the point. Luke Skywalker did not discover Darth Vader was really his dad until he was a young man in the movie The Empire Strikes Back but let’s hope most children have the force with them much sooner and don’t have to wait so long for paternity to be established in Massachusetts. Roughly 41% of children born in the U.S. are born to unmarried moms.  The percent of children born out of wedlock dramatically increased toward the […]

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