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In Tennessee who has custody of a child if the parents were never married?

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The welfare of the child should be the main issue. The best parent or maybe both paremts should have custody. Who is to say that one parent is better than the other with out prove of child abuse. During custody battles, the parents are so wrapped up in themselves that the children are not actually considered.  
the mother has sole custody if she is not married, a father has many more rights if the child has his last name, or if he is named on the birth certificate. However, if an unmarried mother has a child who has the father's last name and she gets the child taken from her by the state, the father would actually have to file a custody petition in order to try and get custody. Nothing is automaticly in his favor there.
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