Fathers’ & Grandparents’ Rights Attorneys in Clarksville
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Given the important role that immediate and extended family members play in a child’s life, there are understandably some instances where they may want to assert their rights under the law. States such as Tennessee have developed laws that allow parents and grandparents to protect their relationship with a child in their lives. At Darnell & Darnell, our fathers’ and grandparents’ rights lawyers fight for our clients’ rights and strive to provide lasting solutions. We believe in solving disputes with transparency and honesty.
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Fathers’ Rights in Tennessee
Family law has evolved to better recognize the importance of a father in a child’s life and how this relationship can impact development. The first step in awarding custody to a father is establishing paternity.
In Tennessee, paternity is assumed when the parents are married. If the parents are not married, a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity can be signed by both parents. If both parents are not in agreement about who the child’s father is, a Petition to Establish Parentage must be filed. The court may order a DNA test to determine the child’s biological father. Once paternity has been established, the father can exercise his parental rights and the mother may seek child support from him.
Establishing Visitation Rights as a Grandparent
Although grandparents do not inherently have parental rights to their grandchildren, Tennessee law does grant grandparents visitation rights in certain circumstances. Grandparents who are denied access to their grandchild should speak with an experienced family law attorney to understand their rights. It is assumed that the child’s parents have their best interests at heart and any decision to deny access is done with reason; however, if the grandparent can prove that visitation time would be in the child’s best interests, the court may intervene and grant them visitation.
Grandparents can be granted visitation under the following circumstances:
- One of the child's parents passed away
- The child's parents are going through a divorce or legal separation
- One of the child's parents is missing
- The child previously resided with their grandparent(s)
- The child has a significant existing relationship with their grandparent(s)
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Family law cases can be difficult to navigate without the guidance of a knowledgeable attorney. At Darnell & Darnell, we understand that many factors affect a child’s well-being, including healthy and positive relationships with their parents and grandparents. Our Clarksville fathers’ and grandparents’ rights lawyers pay close attention to detail to develop compelling and effective solutions.
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