Summer Lovin' Series #9: What happens if I want full custody of a child born out of wedlock?
Unmarried mothers in Massachusetts are presumed to be the sole legal and physical custodian of a child without going to court. If the father requests it, the court can order that either party have sole legal or physical custody or that the parties share legal or physical custody depending on your specific circumstances.
However, "full custody" is somewhat of a myth, because unless the other parent is unfit they will still be involved in the child's life to some extent.
practical parenting plan.
For more information visit our webpage devoted specifically to information for unmarried parents.