Attorneys Handling Paternity And Fathers' Rights Matters

Issues involving paternity and fathers' rights are important considerations in any divorce, separation or custody proceeding. In all of these matters, the most important concern is protecting your rights in the legal process.

At Mathis, Bates & Klinghard PLLC (MBK), we service clients in Tennessee and Kentucky. We also serve military service members and officers in Fort Campbell and throughout the world. Our Clarksville lawyers handle paternity and all types of matters related to custody, support and parental rights.


Establishing paternity is critical for both a mother seeking child support payments and a father seeking to exercise his custody and visitation rights. With modern medical technology, determining whether someone is the father of a child involves a simple blood draw or cheek swab and test of the DNA. When the parents are married, the issue of paternity rarely arises as the husband is presumed to be the child's father. The legal question of paternity only comes into play when the fact of fatherhood is in question or when parents are not married.

To exercise custody and visitation rights under a parenting plan, a father might need to establish that he is, in fact, the father. In cases of a mother seeking to deny parenting time to the father, establishing that he is not the father is the most definitive approach.

We have helped numerous clients establish or contest paternity. We can explain it to you and help you through the process.

Fathers' Rights

Many dads come to us seeking legal advice, and many of them believe that maybe getting their kids every other weekend is the best they can hope for in their custody battles.

Dads: You have equal rights to be a parent to your children. We can help you protect that right.

While there was a time when the legal system was biased toward mothers in custody and other divorce-related issues, times are changing. In most cases, courts are looking to maintain parental relationships as much as possible after a divorce. This includes making sure the dad has time needed with the children to maintain those relationships. Our attorneys can protect your rights in custody, support matters and other aspects of divorce.

Serving The Military

We also have a wealth of experience protecting the rights of military servicemen and officers. Being deployed and often out of town, many members of the military worry that their rights will not be protected in their divorces, especially when it comes to their rights as fathers.

Our lawyers understand how to protect your rights during your divorce, even if you are stationed overseas. We can help make sure you have fair treatment when it comes to the court's custody determination.

Contact MBK

Call us at 931-444-3153 or email us to schedule a consultation with an experienced attorney from our firm.