Unmarried fathers: invest in an attorney to protect your relationship with your child

May 10, 2020

Contemporary culture appears to have lost its understanding of the historic linkage between marriage and paternity. In the time before genetic-based paternity testing (basically before

Orders of paternity

March 16, 2015

One area where law and culture are not congruent is the issue of paternity for children born out of wedlock. In many cases the parents

Establishing paternity when the husband ain’t the daddy

March 20, 2014

A few times a year I am contacted by a mother who wants to put her child’s biological father on the child’s birth certificate but

Should there be a cause of action for paternity fraud?

October 19, 2012

A colleague of mine, T. Ryan Phillips, emailed me an October 1, 2012 Tennessee Supreme Court opinion in the case of Hodge v. Craig, 382 S.W.3d

A new front in the battle of the sexes

July 8, 2012

A recent scientific breakthrough allows the paternity of an unborn child to be determined through a blood test of the mother as early as the

In disputes between biological parents and third-parties, we don’t want decisions to be based on “the best interests of the child”

January 30, 2012

A review of the excellent news reporting from Allyson Bird at the Charleston Post and Courier, regarding the adoption case involving two year-old, Veronica, her

In 3-2 decision, Supreme Court takes narrow view of unwed father’s parental rights

May 5, 2011

The creation of parental rights and responsibilities for unwed fathers are hardly reciprocal.  The state, the mother, or the child’s guardian can come after an

Seeking paternity testing and joint custody

September 15, 2010

While nothing in the law prohibits it explicitly, I’ve never understood how attorneys can counsel their male clients to demand DNA paternity testing, especially for