15 comments


  • Your information seems to be spot on and up-to-date. Thank you. My daughter never married delivered me and my wife (her mom) our first grand child in October ’14. The happy 3 some was broken when he left their apt. for a 17 yr old (which he has been arrested for contributing to a minor 2 counts the two of them and another girlfriend of his new love were in a parking lot here in Shelbyville TN after curfew) Since breaking up he has given her $150.00 and seen the baby 2 times. With the info you have supplied I am now checking with my good friend the Clerk and Master of Bedford County. Thank you for an very-friendly explanation of what we are up against

    August 05, 2015
  • Shakay

    When is a father to commence child support when an unmarried couple separate?

    November 22, 2015
    • Great question. In general, child support may be ordered retroactively to the date of birth including birth expenses, even when the parents have lived together, but were unmarried. For more detail, see When Is Retroactive Child Support Owed in Tennessee? and Retroactive Child Support Allowed to Birth or Separation in Tennessee. But, definitely discuss with your lawyer what can be done.
      Miles Mason, Sr.
      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC. Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. Our response is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only way to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney, let the attorney review pleadings and orders, listen to you, ask follow up questions, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an opinion. The basic information provided is intended as a public service only. A complete discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. All information on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. Answers are provided for informational purposes only.

      November 29, 2015
  • Thomas

    I have a court – ordered child support for my daughter in Memphis. I have lived out of state since the order was finalized by the court. I am entitled to 80 days of visitation but the mother continually will not allow my daughter to stay with me more than a month during the summer. My calls and texts to the mother are ignored and not returned. I am not allowed to talk with her over the phone without the mother listening and I am not allowed to contact the counselor my daughter has been recently seeing. Advice?

    January 01, 2016
    • You may need to file a petition for contempt for willful violation of court orders. Evidence will be important. If the alienation is bad enough, you may have a case to change custody. I recommend you visit with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney and discuss the details of your particular situation.
      Miles Mason, Sr.
      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC. Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. Our response is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only way to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney, let the attorney review pleadings and orders, listen to you, ask follow up questions, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an opinion. The basic information provided is intended as a public service only. A complete discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. All information on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. Answers are provided for informational purposes only.

      January 03, 2016
  • Justwondering

    My 18yr old son and his 15yr old girlfriend are expecting in March 2016. He will take responsibility and pay child support and wants his full rights as a father. His problem is that his girlfriends mother will not allow the baby to have his last name. She claims that she has the control and will not sign off on it. His girlfriend is scared of her mother because she knows she will have hell to pay, since she will be living with her mother. My question is: does this girls mother have this right to withhold our grandson from having his fathers name?

    January 12, 2016
    • In response to your question (and others, frankly), I have added a section on Unmarried Parents FAQs: Tennessee Child Custody: Deciding the Last Name for Children Born of Unmarried Parents or Out of Wedlock. I hope that helps.
      Miles Mason, Sr.
      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC. Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. Our response is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only way to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney, let the attorney review pleadings and orders, listen to you, ask follow up questions, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an opinion. The basic information provided is intended as a public service only. A complete discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. All information on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. Answers are provided for informational purposes only.

      January 19, 2016
  • Michael Thompson

    Thank you for this article. If you would, I need clarification on voluntary paternity acknowledgements. Our child was born out of wedlock, my name (the father) is on the birth certificate, and at the hospital I signed a voluntary paternity acknowledgement without DNA testing. The article states that in the absence of a declaration of paternity by the court, the child’s mother will automatically have full custody and any custody dispute will favor the mother. If the VAP is signed at the hospital instead of in court or in a law office, is it considered a court established declaration of paternity that gives me custody rights, or is it merely a starting point for me to petition for custody? Thank you.

    January 25, 2016
    • FYI, when a lawyer says, “That’s a great question.” Usually that means the lawyer doesn’t know the answer. Here, the answer may be that it depends on your location. In general, the next step for you is a court order declaring you the father. Then, custody (primary residential parent), visitation (parenting time) and child support can be determined. Exactly how your judges handle this process is likely a county by county determination. For example, many judges highly encourage (if not require) paternity tests regardless. I recommend you visit with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney and discuss the details of your particular situation and how judges in your area handle this process.
      Miles Mason, Sr.
      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC. Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. Our response is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only way to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney, let the attorney review pleadings and orders, listen to you, ask follow up questions, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an opinion. The basic information provided is intended as a public service only. A complete discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. All information on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. Answers are provided for informational purposes only.

      February 03, 2016
  • shaun

    what if your gf broke things off shortly after becoming pregnant and blocked you from phone calls etc. You find out she had the baby and she wont allow you to see it….what can you do?

    February 01, 2016
    • Depending on your location and your particular situation, a father can file a petition for parentage, essentially a paternity action. After parentage is established, in general, then custody, visitation, child support can be established. I recommend you visit with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney and discuss the details of your particular situation.
      Miles Mason, Sr.
      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC. Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. Our response is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only way to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney, let the attorney review pleadings and orders, listen to you, ask follow up questions, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an opinion. The basic information provided is intended as a public service only. A complete discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. All information on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. Answers are provided for informational purposes only.

      February 03, 2016
  • Brittney

    My child’s father and I are still together but not married. He is divorced with 2 other children in which the mother does not allow him to visit with the children even though he has court ordered visitation. Now she is trying to go after even more child support than what he already pays. My question is, with us not being married, could I go file child support on him for my child since he is not getting the support he needs due to her taking nearly all of our money…I just don’t find it fair that the child we have together has to go without his unmet needs due to all of the money going toward the other children.

    April 14, 2016
    • That’s an interesting idea. I recommend you visit with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney and discuss the details of your particular situation. When you do, work with the attorney to run different child support worksheet scenarios to project what the financial impact may be. Also, there may be other options you may want to explore.
      Miles Mason, Sr.
      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC. Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. Our response is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only way to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney, let the attorney review pleadings and orders, listen to you, ask follow up questions, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an opinion. The basic information provided is intended as a public service only. A complete discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. All information on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. Answers are provided for informational purposes only.

      April 22, 2016
  • Haruna

    Thank u for sharing this wealth of knowledge. My question is , am I wasting my time in pursuing child support? My situation is rather unique. My boyfriend and I was living in New Mexico when our child was born. Later we moved to TN. Our child’s birth certificate has both of our names on it. Our child’s last name is same as the father. Unfortunately we never married and for the best interest of Our child I had to move back to japan (where we are still living) due to the fathers neglect of providing basic necessities I.e food, safe home location. The father is now living in Davidson county has a job. I submitted the documents to receive child support. The package included certified copies of the father’s (drive license, Ssn, current address, phone number). child’s (birth certificate, passports, Ssn) mothers (passport) I was on a temporary visa. Once agythis is unique. Thank you for taking the time give me advice.

    November 25, 2016
    • You are not wasting your time. Also, I recommend you do not wait at all. Get this taken care of. A father owes support. IMHO, waiting until child support arrearage adds up is not in anyone’s best interests. I recommend you visit with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney and discuss the details of your particular situation.
      Miles Mason, Sr.
      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC. Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. Our response is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only way to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney, let the attorney review pleadings and orders, listen to you, ask follow up questions, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an opinion. The basic information provided is intended as a public service only. A complete discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. All information on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. Answers are provided for informational purposes only.

      November 25, 2016

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