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If you are seeking to establish paternity for your child, I 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 a Franklin family lawyer.

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.

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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.

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Meet Diane Crosier, Attorney At Law

Serving the people of Tennessee since 1992, Diane is known for compassionate, skilled representation. She is dedicated to excellence in her field and has undergone additional high-level training to earn and maintain her listing as a Rule 31 Mediator. This means she is well-versed in alternative dispute resolution, helping families stay out of court and amicably resolve their issues.

Diane is also backed by years of trial-tested counsel. If your case does move to court, she is prepared to fully protect your interests. Her reputation has led to her being voted into the “10 Best Family Lawyers" in 2015 by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys. This is just one testament to her commitment to client satisfaction, her sterling reputation in the legal community, and her industry leading insight.

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