What are my rights as an unmarried parent?

Unmarried Parents & Child Custody & Child Support

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Child custody and child support are more complicated for unmarried parents. If the father was not legally recognized by the court, the parents will have to take steps to make this happen before custody or child support actions can be filed.

The Ewing Law Office LLC provides representation to fathers and mothers who are not married. We understand the challenges that unmarried parents face. You can rely on us to listen carefully to you before we suggest a way to move forward. To schedule a no obligation initial consultation to discuss unmarried parents, child custody and child support, please call (615) 800-3720.

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Unmarried fathers must get a court order to recognize them as a father before they can apply for rights to custody and visitation. The court cannot base custody decisions solely on gender by automatically choosing mothers over fathers. Instead, judges must consider what is in the best interests of the children. Generally, the preference is for joint custody so both parents can participate in the children's lives.

Child support is another critical matter that unmarried fathers must address. It is best to establish child support as soon as possible so the court will not consider their payments past-due. If this occurs, their parental rights could be affected.

Our law firm has handled numerous paternity suits, fathers' rights cases and related matters in juvenile court. Attorney Lisa Millican Ewing has the experience to protect your rights and your relationship with your children.

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Please call our Nashville office at (615) 800-3720 or contact us online to schedule a no obligation initial consultation with an experienced Tennessee family law lawyer.