Tennessee Code Title 36. Domestic Relations § 36-2-302

As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires:

(1) “Child born out of wedlock” means a child born to parents who are not married to each other when the child was born;

(2) “Court” means the juvenile court or any trial court with general jurisdiction;

(3) “Father” means the biological father of a child born out of wedlock;

(4) “Mother” means the biological mother of a child born out of wedlock;

(5) “Parent” means the biological mother or biological father of a child, regardless of the marital status of the mother and father;  and

(6) “Father,” “mother,” and “parent” do not include a biological parent whose parental rights have been terminated for a child whose parentage is at issue.


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