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TENNESSEE COMPILATION OF SELECTED LAWS ON CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILIES, 2011 EDITION

TENNESSEE CODE ANNOTATED

Title 36 Domestic Relations

Chapter 2 Paternity

Part 3 Paternity and Legitimation

36-2-301. Statement of purpose.

This chapter provides a single cause of action to establish parentage of children other than establishment by adoption pursuant to chapter 1 of this title, or by acknowledgement of parentage pursuant to §§ 68-3-203(g), 68-3-302 or 68-3-305(b).

Acts 1997, ch. 477, § 1.

Compiler's Notes. Acts 1997, ch. 477, § 2 provides that any petition for legitimation filed prior to July 1, 1997, shall be adjudicated based upon the law in effect prior to July 1, 1997. Any order that results from a petition for legitimation in such circumstance shall be effective to establish all rights and responsibilities arising under the provisions of title 36, chapter 2, part 2 as it existed prior to July 1, 1997, whether the order is entered on or after July 1, 1997.

Acts 1997, ch. 477, § 2 further provides that nothing in this chapter shall be construed to alter or disturb any rights that accrued to any person or responsibilities assumed by any person pursuant to title 36, chapter 2, part 2 prior to July 1, 1997, including the authority of the state registrar to issue certificates of birth pursuant to the provisions of title 68, chapter 3, part 3 for children who have been the subject of orders of legitimation pursuant to court orders entered before or after July 1, 1997, that are based upon petitions filed prior to July 1, 1997, and which petitions resulted in orders of legitimation for those children.

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