Fathers naturally want to spend time with their children and watch them grow up. This is a basic desire, and in most circumstances, a right. Unfortunately, however, so many fathers in Tennessee struggle to gain visitation arrangements that they are satisfied with. This can be because the other parent aggressively defends the custodial arrangement already in place. Fathers can often become further discouraged because they get the impression that the law is against them.It is important to remember that child custody courts act simply within the best interests of the child. They never seek to advocate for one parent over the other, but instead, they make many considerations based on the specifics of the case. If you want to ensure that you are successful in getting the visitation rights that you believe is just and fair, it is important to understand the key components required in order to make this possible.In order to enforce your paternal rights, you must establish paternity
If you believe that you are the father of a child but you have not formally established paternity, you will need to do this before seeking to gain visitation rights. The mother may voluntarily acknowledge paternity, but if she chooses not to and you are not listed on the birth certificate, you can request a DNA test.You have the right to visitation unless your behavior suggests that you pose a risk
When you have paternity, you have visitation rights by default. You will only have these rights reduced if the courts believe that you pose a danger to the child.
It’s important that you do not allow the other parent to try to deprive you of your visitation rights. Make sure that you understand the law and take swift action.