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


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2015-07-15 19:43:07
2015-07-15 19:43:07

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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In the United States both parents have equal rights of custody of the child if they are legally married.

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Married parents have equal parental rights. They share legal custody.

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If the child is a minor in the state of Utah and the parents of the child have never been married then both parents are awarded equal custody. However, if there's a reason why one parent cannot care for the child, then the parent who is capable of caring for the child is awarded custody.

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If the parents have never married and live separately with their own parents, a court would need to decide on custody. Typically, the court will place the child with the mother, but the best interests of the child are primary.

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The mother. The father have to apply for visitation and custody in court.


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