PATERNITY IN MASSACHUSETTS
The law in Massachusetts presumes the paternity of a child born to a married woman is that of her Husband. The Husband’s name is automatically listed on the child’s birth certificate. If the Husband is actually not the child’s Father, the husband must sign a notarized denial of paternity and the biological Father must sign an Acknowledgment of Paternity. Failure to complete the process correctly will result in the Husband’s name listed on the birth certificate, notwithstanding the biology of the situation.
If a child is born to a woman who is not married, the Father’s name will not appear on the child’s birth certificate unless paternity is established.
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