Law Office of David L. Scott

Murfreesboro Paternity Lawyer

Establishing paternity in Tennessee

Unlike other states, fathers in Tennessee who are not married to the mother of their child at the time of birth do not have a presumption of parentage. Tennessee laws do not recognize either a legal or biological claim. Parental rights must be established in court. Without such recognition, a father’s claim as guardian and support for the child may be in jeopardy. Also, without the Court’s acknowledgement, these rights are difficult to enforce, if at all.

Reasons to establish paternity

With Court-recognized paternity, there are advantages for all parties involved. When an order is issued, it has the full faith and credit of the state of Tennessee behind it. Why establishing paternity helps the child, or children:

Why establishing paternity benefits the mother:

Why establishing paternity aides the father:

How can paternity be established in the state of Tennessee

There are basically two ways to ascertain parentage. Before the child in question turns 21, it can be done one of two ways:

Voluntarily: This is done via the consensual signing of specific documents at the child’s birth and subsequently the entry of a paternity order with the court.

Involuntary: This is done through proceedings in a Tennessee Court of Law

Contact an experienced Murfreesboro paternity lawyer today for a free consultation and case review

At the Law Offices of David L. Scott, our Murfreesboro paternity lawyer helps both mothers and fathers with matters involving paternity, establishing of parentage, and creating and enforcement of parental rights. Our focus is on you and your family. With more than two decades of experience, we are committed to getting the best possible legal outcome for you. Contact us today for a free case evaluation. We look forward to hearing from you.

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