Helping With Paternity And Fathers’ Rights Issues
Not all family law issues come about as a result of a marriage. One critical issue that may arise involving two parents who never were married is paternity. Issues of paternity that are not sorted out when a child is born can lead to potentially complicated legal actions later on. In Tennessee, matters of paternity between never-married parents are handled in juvenile court.
Attorney Lisa Collins Werner has more than two decades of legal experience assisting people in situations such as these. At our Knoxville, Tennessee, offices, we are attuned to being compassionate and respectful with our family law clients — but aggressive in defense of their rights.
What Kinds Of Matters Are You Dealing With?
In general, there are two very different, yet interrelated, reasons that could lead you to seek out a family law lawyer for assistance with paternity issues.
A child’s mother may want to legally establish her child’s paternity in order to have the father obligated to provide child support. Women might not list a father on the child’s birth certificate. This can be problematic if she is unable to financially provide for her child without court-ordered child support from the father.
A child’s father may want to establish his own paternity in order to gain visitation or custody rights to that child. This allows him to have a say in the child’s upbringing, potentially including such issues as schooling, religion and medical care.
Clearly, every situation is different, so speaking with the Law Office of Lisa Collins Werner can help to put your mind at ease about your case. Call us today for a free consultation at 865-973-9286, or email us your contact information.