Franklin Paternity Lawyers
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If you are seeking to establish paternity for your child, we can help guide
you through the process. Paternity issues are often sensitive and very
delicate. But it is nonetheless an important step in your child knowing
who both parents are. This is not only important for his or social identity,
but for legal reasons as well. Find out more about establishing paternity
by calling Franklin family lawyers.
In Tennessee, paternity can be established in one of two ways:
Voluntarily: if both the mother and the father agree on the biological relationship
of the father, then both parents can sign a "Voluntary Acknowledgement
of Paternity" form. This can be done either at a hospital or at a
local health department. After signing and notarizing the form, the father
will then be declared the legal father of the child.
Involuntarily: In cases where the father and mother do not agree on paternity, then
a court can order DNA testing to verify paternity. Once the DNA has been
tested and the parentage of the father is confirmed, then the court will
issue an order to add the father's name to the child's birth certificate.
Need help verifying paternity? Call (615) 645-1388 for a
In cases where the father intentionally avoids testing, the court can impose
penalties such as jail time or fines. Tennessee paternity laws also allow
the court to declare a man the father by default if he refuses to submit
to a DNA test.
Importance of Establishing Paternity
When you legally establish paternity, your child can now have access to
the father's family medical history, medical insurance, veteran's
benefits, social security benefits, inheritance, and more. The father
is also able to have a more active role in cultivating a relationship
with your child. This is crucial to the healthy emotional, physical, and
social development of a child.
Learn more about establishing paternity by
talking to us.