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How unmarried Tennessee dads can establish rights to their kids

For the most part, all unmarried dads are allowed to negotiate custody and visitation rights. Courts generally agree that if it is in the best interests of the child, both parents should be involved in a child's life. However, if one parent believes that a child's relationship with the other parent could be destructive, they could petition the court to hear their case.

Fathers often have to fight for child custody

A stereotypical image of an unmarried couple having a child shows the mother bearing full responsibility for the upbringing while the father attempts to avoid both financial and parenting duties. Although this may be true in individual cases, there are an increasing number of Tennessee couples having children out of wedlock where the father desires to and fully expects to be part of the child's life. However, that may not happen without a fight.

Percentage of unmarried parents is increasing

It's becoming more common than ever before for Tennessee children to be born outside a marriage. According to a 2015 study, 40 percent of children in the U.S. were born outside marriage. This statistic represents a significant increase since 1970 when only 10 percent of children were born outside marriage.

More immigrant parents are appointing guardians for their kids

If parents in Tennessee get deported, they might leave their children behind in America. Among children who are being raised by extended family members, about 20 percent live in an immigrant household. This shows that many deported parents are relying on grandparents, aunts and uncles to raise their kids in the U.S.

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