Tennessee Father’s Rights Attorneys

Historically, father’s rights have been neglected by the U.S. legal system. Our attorneys refuse to let this continue.

The legal system is finally beginning to catch on to the proven point that children benefit from having both parents involved in their lives. In the past, the U.S. courts have favored things like sole custody over shared custody because of the belief that having children go back and forth between residences would be stressful. The mother was generally granted sole custody and the father would have visitation rights. Now, the family law trend spreading across the country pushes courts to prioritize shared parenting. Shared parenting is an alternative to sole custody where both parents share time with the children and collaborate on decision-making regarding how the children will be raised.

The trusted family law attorneys at Kidwell, South, Beasley & Haley have always been staunch supporters of father’s rights and shared parenting plans. They believe that father’s rights are important when considering what is in the best interest of the children and the family as a whole. If you are a father with custody or other family law questions, contact Kidwell, South, Beasley & Haley.

What do father’s rights legal issues include?

Father’s rights come into play in a wide variety of family law cases. Father’s rights become a major part of the discussion in cases such as:

Issues pertaining to the rights of unmarried fathers frequently arise. The establishment of parental rights of unmarried fathers and the establishment of paternity is also central to the father’s rights discussion. In most jurisdictions, there is a presumption of paternity when the father is married to the birth mother. Genetic testing, the role a man has played in the life of the child, and the financial support he has provided to support the child are factors that will come into play in the establishment of paternity, deciding the parental rights of the unmarried father, and in any adoption hearing.

How do courts decide child custody?

The issue of child custody is usually the most emotionally charged part of any divorce proceeding and, as stated above, it has become a central issue to the father’s rights movement. When an agreement on child custody seems unlikely, courts will step in to help determine what is in the best interest of the children. Tennessee courts use a number of factors to rule on what custody arrangement would be in the child’s best interest:

  • The child’s relationship with each parent and whether one parent has taken over the majority of the day to day parenting responsibilities;
  • The ability of each parent to provide for the necessities of the child such as food, clothing, and medical care;
  • The child’s emotional needs and developmental level;
  • The mental, physical, emotional, and moral aptitude of each parent as it relates to their parenting capabilities; and
  • Other factors the court deems relevant.

Don’t let your rights as a father get overlooked. Contact our dedicated family law attorneys today.

Father’s play a critical role in family structure and in raising their children. This is why father’s rights have come to the forefront of so many family law legal discussions around the country. The experienced family law attorneys at Kidwell, South, Beasley & Haley are committed to ensuring father’s rights get the attention they deserve. Our attorneys will fight for you, your family, and your role in the lives of your children. Contact Kidwell, South, Beasley & Haley today, either online, or call 615-893-1331 to schedule a free consultation.