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The 192nd General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Section 7: Representation in paternity actions; appointment of counsel; burden of proof

Section 7. Actions under this chapter shall be civil actions. The IV–D agency, as set forth in chapter one hundred and nineteen A, may appear on behalf of a plaintiff in an action to establish paternity. In actions in which custody or visitation are contested, court may appoint counsel to represent either party whenever the interests of justice require.

The burden of proof in proceedings under this chapter to establish paternity shall be by clear and convincing evidence.