$23,000 Child Support Arrearage Unaffected by DNA Test Disestablishing Paternity: Purdy v. Smith

Facts: Mother gave birth to Child in 2009. The following year, the State of Tennessee, acting on Mother’s behalf, filed a petition against Alleged Father to establish paternity. After finding that Alleged Father failed to appear at the hearing despite being served with process, the trial court entered a default judgment establishing paternity and setting Alleged Father’s […]

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“Paternity Fraud” in Tennessee Divorce: Hodge v. Craig

Facts:  While the parties were dating, Mother became pregnant and told Mr. Craig he was the father. The parties married, and Child was born. Mr. Craig was listed as the father on Child’s birth certificate. He then decided he did not want to have any more children and had a vasectomy. After the parties divorced, Mr. Craig eventually […]

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