• 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;

    • Terms Used In Tennessee Code 36-2-302

      • Child born out of wedlock: means a child born to parents who are not married to each other when the child was born. See Tennessee Code 36-2-302
      • Court: means the juvenile court or any trial court with general jurisdiction. See Tennessee Code 36-2-302
      • Father: means the biological father of a child born out of wedlock. See Tennessee Code 36-2-302
      • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
      • Mother: means the biological mother of a child born out of wedlock. See Tennessee Code 36-2-302
      • Parent: means the biological mother or biological father of a child, regardless of the marital status of the mother and father. See Tennessee Code 36-2-302
      • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.

      (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.