2000 Mallory Lane Suite 130-386
Franklin, Tennessee 37067

1 (615) 472-8845

Paternity Actions

In Tennessee, the biological mother of a minor child is automatically recognized as that child’s legal custodian with all of the attendant rights and responsibilities that being a parent entails.  Paternity actions are lawsuits in which the legal father of a minor child is identified and established – either through agreement or DNA testing – when issues regarding child custody and child support need to be addressed.

Paternity actions typically arise in one of three ways:
  1. A paternity action may be filed by a man who believes himself to be the father of a child – often when the mother has refused him the ability to spend time with his child.  If successful, the paternity action will give him the opportunity to enjoy the custodial rights and privileges he deserves as the child’s father.
  2. A paternity action may be filed by a woman seeking to require a reluctant father to take responsibility and to provide financial support for the child.
  3. In some cases, a paternity action is launched by a third party who has been called upon to provide for the care and maintenance of a child.  For example, when the State of Tennessee has to provide financial support for a child, the State will often seek to establish the parentage of the child so that the appropriate parties can be held financially responsible.
If you have questions regarding paternity actions, please do not hesitate to call the number listed above, send an email, or use the contact page.
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