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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Tennessee on
Q: Can grandparents have visitation rights?

My niece lives in Florida and my parents(material grandparents) live in Tennessee. When my sister went to jail my niece's father allowed my niece to visit us every summer for about three weeks. When my sister was released she came to live with us and after that the communication between my... Read more »

Mr. William Ray Glasgow
Mr. William Ray Glasgow answered on May 15, 2017

Grandparents do have visitation rights in Tennessee.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Tennessee on
Q: Is it illegal for a teenager under the age of 18 to hit (punch/slap) an adult in the state of Tennessee?

What are the legal issues or discipline if the teen does hit the adult?

Mr. William Ray Glasgow
Mr. William Ray Glasgow answered on May 15, 2017

Yes. Unless it is self-defense. It is an assault and depending on the circumstances, one could be tried as an adult and be required to serve up to 11 months 29 days for a misdemeanor, 3 to 6 years for a felony. As a juvenile you be committed to the Department of Children's Services and placed... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Libel & Slander for Tennessee on
Q: live in TN, My son 18 (17 at conception) mom is 15, Her mother is using child as leverage over him...

My son just turned 18, mom is 15 he signed BC as father, child is in NICU. Her mother is useing the child as leverage over him, to pay her bills, Not speak to his family ect. She says that whats she says goes because her daughter is a minor. What are his legal rights to his child? He works a full... Read more »

Mr. William Ray Glasgow
Mr. William Ray Glasgow answered on May 13, 2017

He has as much right to see that child as the mother does. Grandma needs to butt out. She can tell her daughter what to do, but as the child's father, your son can assert himself, even remove the child from the mother if the grandmother is creating such a hostile environment to be... Read more »

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Q: I would like to know the custody laws for unmarried parents in the state of Tennessee
Mr. William Ray Glasgow
Mr. William Ray Glasgow answered on May 12, 2017

36-2-303. Custody with mother absent an order of custody.

Absent an order of custody to the contrary, custody of a child born out of wedlock is with the mother.

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Until a father actually seeks to be recognized as the legal father and demands parenting time, his...
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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Tennessee on
Q: I have temporary custody of my granddaughter. Both parents signed (unwed) in July 2015.

My daughter (mother) of child as been active in child's life again since March 2016. She would like to regain her rights without the father. The father has not seen or made contact with child since March 2016. Order does not give visitation or child support. I've made two attempts to... Read more »

Mr. William Ray Glasgow
Mr. William Ray Glasgow answered on May 5, 2017

Not enough information here to give a good answer. Short answer is if you don't have a court order awarding you custody, your daughter still has legal custody and you can simply let her have the child. If you do have a court order, notice will have to be provided to the father when you file a... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Tennessee on
Q: I'm still legally married. My husband and I have filed for divorce and moved on with our relationship, but I recently

Found out I am pregnant with another man's baby and I was wondering if we took a DNA test before baby was born can we file a presumption of parentage so the actual father can be put on the birth certificate?

Mr. William Ray Glasgow
Mr. William Ray Glasgow answered on May 4, 2017

You can file to challenge the presumption but not until the baby is born.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Tennessee on
Q: Should i file a petition to establish paternity before my hearing or request the petition during the hearing?

I have a upcoming hearing to terminate my rights on grounds of abandonment. im the biological father but not the father legally.

Mr. William Ray Glasgow
Mr. William Ray Glasgow answered on Apr 24, 2017

If you oppose the termination of your parental rights, let the termination court know and you should be appointed an attorney if you cannot afford one. He or she can advise you. If you oppose and you are not appointed an attorney or can't afford one, you should file to establish paternity as... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Tennessee on
Q: What do i need to do if my dad has custody of mine and my ex's kids and we have both moved on in New relationships as

Far as filing and obtaining a divorce. How much does it cost and what steps do i need to take.

Mr. William Ray Glasgow
Mr. William Ray Glasgow answered on Apr 23, 2017

Divorces cost different amounts in different counties. Lawyers fees vary. You and your ex may be able to do it yourself if you agree on the terms. Contact the county clerk's office where you live. Many counties offer a reduced fee or pro bono assistance for a uncontested divorce and will have... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Tennessee on
Q: If me and my son's father were never married, and he went to prison when my son was 7 weeks old and got out 2 months

After turrning 2, he doesn't pay child support what legal rights does he have to my son. He doesn't try to see my son, doesn't call or try to contact. My son hates going there. Is there a way for my fiance ( that raised him) to adopt my son?

Mr. William Ray Glasgow
Mr. William Ray Glasgow answered on Apr 23, 2017

You don't say whether an order for visitation exist. You do say he doesn't try to see his son and doesn't call or try to contact. Which is it? Your fiance cannot adopt your child. If you marry him, then it would be possible.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Tennessee on
Q: juvenile state probation / transfer to online school

My 17 year daughter is on state probation. We live in Williamson County. I want to withdraw her from her current school and enroll her in an accredited online school to graduate. Is there any reason being on probation would prevent this?

Mr. William Ray Glasgow
Mr. William Ray Glasgow answered on Apr 20, 2017

Talk to the probation officer. It may or may not be something they would agree is appropriate. Don't risk it, but shouldn't be a problem unless the child is truant or failing.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law and Family Law for Tennessee on
Q: can i refuse a drug test for juvenile court if im not fightn them taking custody of my son
Mr. William Ray Glasgow
Mr. William Ray Glasgow answered on Apr 20, 2017

Yes, but it will likely be presumed that if you took the test it would be positive.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Tennessee on
Q: if I left home without permission wat can I do to take my new born baby with me considering I've graduated already

I'm in college now and I also do have somewhere to live is there any way I can have my child with me and not with my parent

Mr. William Ray Glasgow
Mr. William Ray Glasgow answered on Apr 20, 2017

Its your child, and the father's. It is not your parents. Neither your parent nor anyone else can keep your child from you without a court order in Tennessee. I am not licensed in other states and cannot comment as to what the law is anywhere but in Tennessee.

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