In Tennessee, paternity or parentage is how a father's legal relationship with his child is established. Regardless of whether you are the unmarried father or mother of a child, it is vital that you act to protect your rights and the rights of your child by establishing parentage.
At the Law Office of Rebecca Garren Parker, we provide honest, competent and experienced advice and representation for individuals seeking to establish parentage. Our law firm works with unmarried mothers and fathers to assist them through the process.
Establishing Fathers' Rights
In Tennessee, if a child is born to unmarried parents, the mother receives the right to exclusive care and custody of the child. If you are an unmarried father, you may need legal assistance to gain access to your child without the mother's approval. That means, you need to go to court to establish parentage and parenting time with your child if you want to:
- Provide the child with your last name and identity
- Ensure a complete medical history for the child
- Establish child support (so you won't get hit with a huge lump sum years later)
- Carry the child on your medical insurance plan.
Once parentage is established, you can ask the juvenile court to set a parenting schedule detailing the days and times you will be able to parent your child.
Protecting Mothers' Rights
As the unmarried mother of a child, Tennessee law gives you custody of your child. However, it is likely that the child's father will file an action to establish parentage and parenting time. As part of the parentage lawsuit, child support will be established.
Oftentimes, the father will also seek to establish certain days and times on which he can parent the child. It's extremely important not only to be prepared for this, but also to know how to respond. We can help you.
Contact Our Cleveland Parental Rights Attorney
Our lawyer routinely represents individuals in parentage/paternity actions. Contact our Chattanooga paternity attorney online or by calling 423-933-3139 or toll free at 866-930-2618 to discuss your case.