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Jackson Paternity Attorneys

Serving Clients in Nashville, Jackson, & All of Tennessee

When a child is born to a married couple, the law presumes that the husband is the father of the child. However, if a child is born to an unmarried woman, the law does not automatically presume the father to be the biological dad. In this situation, the father does not have any rights to the child, and the mother cannot seek financial support from the father. In order to establish paternity and the rights and obligations that come with it, you must go through a legal process.

At Casey, Simmons & Bryant, PLLC, we have extensive experience handling paternity matters throughout Tennessee. Our Jackson paternity lawyers can guide you through the necessary legal steps and help you understand your rights and options. We know how important this matter is to you and your child, and we are committed to providing you with the compassionate and personalized representation you deserve.

Call us today at (731) 256-0023 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced Jackson paternity attorneys.

What Is Paternity?

Paternity refers to the legal relationship between a father and a child. Establishing paternity is important for many reasons. For the father, it is important to establish paternity in order to gain legal rights to the child. For the mother, it is important to establish paternity in order to receive financial support from the father.

Some of the most common reasons paternity is established include:

  • The father wants to gain parental rights to the child
  • The mother wants the father to pay child support
  • The child is entitled to certain benefits, such as inheritance, Social Security benefits, and medical insurance
  • The child has a medical condition that requires information from the father

In Tennessee, paternity can be established in one of two ways: through a voluntary acknowledgment of paternity or through the court system.

Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity

A voluntary acknowledgment of paternity is the easiest way to establish paternity in Tennessee. This is a legal document that can be signed by the mother and the father at the hospital when the child is born. If the father is not present, he can sign the document at a later time. Once the document is signed and filed with the appropriate state agency, paternity is legally established.

Court-Ordered Paternity

If the mother and the father disagree on paternity, the court can get involved. In this situation, either the mother or the father can file a petition with the court to establish paternity. The court will then order genetic testing to determine the paternity of the child. If the test results show that the man is the father, the court will issue an order of paternity. This order will outline the rights and obligations of the father.

Why Do I Need a Paternity Test?

Genetic testing is the only way to determine the biological father of a child. A paternity test can be done through a simple cheek swab. Both the mother and the father must agree to genetic testing. If the mother does not agree to genetic testing, the father can file a paternity suit with the court. The court will then order genetic testing.

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Here's What You Can Expect From Our Firm
  • Caring Counsel

    At our firm, we understand that you are going through a difficult time. We will guide you through this process with compassion and experience.

  • Personalized Approach

    We understand that every case is unique. Our firm provides personalized attention and unique strategies for each case in order to achieve the most favorable results.

  • Fierce Advocacy

    When you work with our firm, you will have advocates on your side that are ready for any circumstances and are not afraid to take your case to trial to secure favorable results.

  • Decades of Experience

    Our firm offers more than 30 years of combined legal experience to advocate for you. Each of our attorneys will bring their insight and to your case.

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