Tennessee Adoption and Paternity Lawyer
Adoption is a wonderful way to enrich the life of a child. At the Law Office of David L. Scott, we are happy to provide legal services to individuals and families throughout Rutherford County, Bedford County and Cannon County who are interested in adoption.
Our attorney, David L. Scott, has been handling adoptions for Tennessee residents for nearly a decade. He handles adoptions of all types, including:
- Stepparent adoptions
- Single parent adoptions
- Married couple adoptions
- Grandparent adoptions
- Domestic partner adoptions
- Termination of parental rights proceedings
- Abandonment proceedings
If you need to speak with an adoption attorney, contact the Law Office of David L. Scott in Murfreesboro, Tennessee at 615-713-1282.
Adoptions With and Without Parental Consent
At our law firm, we are prepared to handle both simple and complex adoption cases. Whether your cases involves a stepparent adoption in which all parties are in agreement or an adoption that is contested and requires the termination of parental rights, we can help.
Stepparent Adoption and Adoptions that are Opposed
The stepparent adoption process is relatively straightforward. In most cases, a home study is not necessary, and we handle all filings and hearings to make the process as simple and easy as possible for our clients.
In a limited number of adoption cases, the biological mother or father whose rights are being terminated will oppose the adoption. If opposition to the adoption exists, we will request that the court terminate the parental rights of the opposing party. Such a request can be based on abandonment, including a failure to pay child support or visit the child.
In Tennessee, fathers who were not married to their child's mother at the time of the child's birth are not generally presumed to be the child's legal or biological father. In such cases, a father does not have any rights (such the right to visitation/child custody) or responsibilities (such as the obligation to pay child support) as the child's father unless and until paternity is voluntarily recognized or established by court order. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you establish your child's paternity.
To speak with an attorney at our firm about an adoption or paternity issue, call 615-896-756 or contact us by email.