Father's Rights in Divorce

Fathers' rights are strongly protected by Tennessee law. If you have children and the mother is attempting to restrict your right to spend time with your children, the law firm of Breeding & Henry, LLC, will represent your interests in mediation or in court.

Working from a Knoxville, Tennessee, law office, our attorney team takes fathers' rights issues very seriously. We understand that fathers often feel as though they have no rights to child custody or parenting time. When you turn to us for help, we make sure that you understand your rights and will do whatever is necessary to protect your rights.

Contact us to speak with a Knoxville family law attorney knowledgeable on fathers' rights in divorce and child custody.

Fathers' Rights to Gain Legal and Physical Custody

In Tennessee, the law no longer provides the child's mother with the presumption of custody. That means that the Tennessee father has an equal opportunity to gain physical custody of his children. Child custody disputes may be resolved through the divorce process with either mediation or courtroom litigation.

When you are looking to assert your rights as a father, you should turn to our experienced attorneys. We have successfully litigated several cases in Tennessee family court where the judge has granted the father primary custody of his children. The main factor that the court evaluates is the circumstances of the child and the parent's ability to care for the child. It is irrelevant whether the parent is the mother or the father.

In some cases, mothers even try to withhold custody or violate the visitation schedule because of alleged child support arrears. It is important to know that the other parent cannot violate existing orders because they feel they were not paid child support, nor can the other parent move away from the non-custodial parent without first seeking a modification of the custody order. You have rights we can help you assert your rights in court.

Unmarried Father's Rights Paternity Issues

Even if you are an unmarried father, you have rights to visitation and custody. It is important to ascertain paternity soon after the child is born. Paternity can be established by filing a petition in the juvenile court that asks the court to declare paternity. The court will likely order DNA or other blood tests to determine whether you are the father. Once you have been declared the father, you will have rights and obligations to your child.

We help Tennessee fathers with paternity issues in the Knoxville area. We will guide you through the process of establishing paternity and answer any questions that you may have about your rights throughout the process.

Contact Us

Contact our firm with questions about fathers' rights in divorce and child custody cases. We accept credit cards, charge competitive rates, and are available for evening and weekend appointments. We are conveniently located in Knoxville, Tennessee. To contact us, call 865-223-6307.