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Question by kita: child custody laws Tennessee?
Hi I am 18 and almost 4 months pregnant. My 26 yr old bf left me when I told him. We had previous plans of marriage but the first sign of commitment he was gone. Now, his mom and him are talking about taking the baby away or getting a lawyer to get joint custody. Please do not judge my situation I strictly want info about the laws and/or your personal experience. I grew up in a difficult custody situation and I just dont want my baby going through the same thing. Why questions are : Can they take my baby because of my age? Because I do not have a job can they take away the baby even if I can give it everything it needs? Do I have to let him sign the birth certificate unless I’m court ordered? Do I have to let him be in the delivery room when its time? Do I have to let him see the baby after its born. I am in the state of Tennessee and I know laws differ from state to state. So any information can help. He is not the greatest person. He would be a great provider financially but he has horrible morals and uses his money to show love and he lies, cheats, and steals.. and even now that we are broke up and dont talk that much he still treats me as awful as ever. His mom blames getting pregnant on me. They are just not people that I want in my baby’s life. I know that I should have thought about that when it happened I’m aware of my mistakes. Now its on to the next step . thanks for any help.
Answer by Kel
I lived in TN when I got pregnant with my daughter. Me and her dad broke up when I was 3 months pregnant, and I moved to IN. He was not in the room, did not sign the birth certificate, and does not have visitation. He is ordered to pay child support, but they told him if he wanted visitation he would have to take me back to court. He never did. No, the dad does not have to be in the room. You can have anyone you want in the delivery room, and kick anyone that you don’t, out. You can even keep him from coming on the delivery floor. I was also 18 when I got pregnant with my daughter, he was 21.
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