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How fathers can obtain rights to their children

Fathers in Tennessee may be allowed to see their children even if they are not awarded custody. Visitation schedules may be arranged by a judge or determined by the parents outside of court. When parents create their own schedule, it is called reasonable visitation rights. This generally occurs when the parents are able to work together in an amicable manner. If parents are unable to work together, a judge will create a fixed schedule.

How fathers can get custody of their children

Fathers in Tennessee generally have the same rights as mothers as it relates to being in their children's lives. Therefore, it's possible for a father to obtain either joint or sole custody of a child. If a father doesn't get physical custody of a son or daughter, he may be entitled to visitation. Furthermore, he could still be entitled to legal custody of the child. This will give him the ability to make certain decisions about how that child is raised.

What it means to have visitation or custody rights

Parents in Tennessee may be granted custody or visitation rights to a child after a divorce or separation. While these both involve being able to spend time with a son or daughter, they aren't the same. One of the key differences between custody and having visitation rights involves the power to make decisions about a child's upbringing. Another key difference is that parents who only have visitation rights may not be able to have said visitation at their home.

Unmarried fathers get access to their children too

As a general rule, parents in Tennessee and other states have the right to establish a relationship with their children. In some cases, a father may be granted custody of his child even if he is not married to the child's mother. If a father is not granted custody, he will typically be granted visitation rights assuming that it is in the best interest of the child to do so.

How unwed fathers can obtain rights to their children

In Tennessee and most other states, unmarried fathers generally have rights to a child after establishing paternity. This is true even in cases involving fathers who have acknowledged paternity without any proof to back up that claim. However, once paternity is confirmed, fathers can typically ask for visitation or custody rights to their sons or daughters. They may also be required to pay child support or otherwise assist in raising a child.

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