Paternity

Chattanooga Paternity Attorneys

Helping Fathers Establish Parental Rights in Tennessee

When a child is born to a married couple, the law automatically recognizes the husband as the father. However, when a child is born to an unmarried couple, the father does not have any legal rights or responsibilities until paternity is established. If you are a father who wants to establish your parental rights, or if you are a mother who wants to establish paternity to obtain child support, our Chattanooga paternity lawyers can help.

At Conner & Roberts, PLLC, we understand the sensitive nature of these cases and are committed to providing compassionate and personalized legal guidance. Our Chattanooga paternity attorneys can help you navigate the legal process and work to protect your rights and best interests.


Need a fathers rights lawyer to protect you and your child's best interests? Call (423) 299-4489 or contact us online to schedule a FREE consultation with our Tennessee family law firm.


How Is Paternity Established in Tennessee?

There are several ways to establish paternity in Tennessee. If the parents are married when the child is born, the law automatically recognizes the husband as the father. However, if the parents are not married, paternity must be established.

There are three ways to establish paternity in Tennessee:

  • Voluntary acknowledgment: The easiest way to establish paternity is for both parents to sign a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity form. This form can be signed at the hospital when the child is born or at a later date. Once the form is signed, the father's name will be added to the birth certificate, and he will have all the rights and responsibilities of a parent.
  • Administrative order: If the mother is receiving public assistance, the state can establish paternity by filing an administrative order. The father will be notified of the order and will have the opportunity to request a DNA test. If the test confirms that he is the father, paternity will be established.
  • Court order: If the mother is not receiving public assistance, she can file a petition with the court to establish paternity. The court will order a DNA test, and if the test confirms that the man is the father, paternity will be established. The court will also address child custody, visitation, and child support.

Benefits of Legally Establishing Paternity

Establishing paternity is important for both the father and the child. When paternity is established, the father has the right to seek custody or visitation. He also has the right to be involved in the child's life and make decisions about the child's upbringing. The child also benefits from having a relationship with both parents.

Establishing paternity is also important for financial reasons. When paternity is established, the father has the legal obligation to provide financial support for the child. The child is also entitled to certain benefits, such as Social Security, veterans' benefits, and inheritance rights.

Contact Our Chattanooga Paternity Lawyer Today

Establishing paternity can be a complex and emotional process. If you are a father who wants to establish your parental rights, or if you are a mother who wants to establish paternity to obtain child support, our Chattanooga paternity attorneys can help. We can guide you through the legal process and help you understand your rights and options. Our attorneys can also represent you in court and work to protect your rights and best interests.


Ready to establish paternity? Call (423) 299-4489 or contact us online to schedule a FREE consultation with a father rights lawyer near you.


Commonly Asked Questions

How can a father establish paternity if the parents are unmarried in Tennessee?

In Tennessee, an unmarried father can establish paternity by signing a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity form, either at the hospital at the time of the child's birth or at a later date. If there is a dispute or if the mother is receiving public assistance, the state may issue an administrative order, or the mother can file a petition with the court to establish paternity. In both cases, a DNA test will be conducted, and if it confirms the father's identity, his paternity will be legally recognized.

Why is it important for a father to have legal paternity established in Tennessee?

Legal paternity is crucial in Tennessee because it establishes the father's rights and responsibilities towards the child. Without legal paternity, an unmarried father has no legal standing to seek custody, visitation rights, or to be involved in major decisions about the child's life. Additionally, it is important for the child's financial security, as it obligates the father to provide child support and allows the child to access benefits related to the father, such as inheritance and government benefits.

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