I recently moved back to MA and my ex-girlfriend had expressed the possibility I may be the father of her 4 year old daughter. We took an over the counter paternity test, and I am the child's biological father. The man she was dating at the time of the child's birth signed the VAP and birth certificate. I intend to start a relationship with this child, and I would like my name to appear on the birth certificate. What steps do I take to legally establish paternity, be legally recognized as the father, and I want the child to have my surname. Looking for any/all legal advice, as well as referrals for legal services. Also: the mother of the child has expressed she will be of assistance to me, as she is not in a relationship with this man anymore. This man does have custody of the child though
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