Part 3 Parentage and Legitimation 36-2-301 – 36-2-322
Part 4 Parentage of Children Born of Donated Embryo Transfer 36-2-401 – 36-2-403

Terms Used In Tennessee Code > Title 36 > Chapter 2 - Parentage

  • Age of majority: means eighteen (18) years of age or older. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
  • Answer: The formal written statement by a defendant responding to a civil complaint and setting forth the grounds for defense.
  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Appellate: About appeals; an appellate court has the power to review the judgement of another lower court or tribunal.
  • Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
  • Bonds: means bonds or interim certificates issued pending preparation or delivery of definitive bonds of a local government issued pursuant to this chapter. See Tennessee Code 9-21-105
  • 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
  • Code: includes the Tennessee Code and all amendments and revisions to the code and all additions and supplements to the code. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Commissioner: means the commissioner of commerce and insurance. See Tennessee Code 56-27-102
  • Commissioner: means the commissioner of commerce and insurance. See Tennessee Code 56-1-102
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Court: means the juvenile court or any trial court with general jurisdiction. See Tennessee Code 36-2-302
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Department: means the department of commerce and insurance. See Tennessee Code 56-1-102
  • Dismissal: The dropping of a case by the judge without further consideration or hearing. Source:
  • Docket: A log containing brief entries of court proceedings.
  • Donor: The person who makes a gift.
  • Embryo parentage: means the acceptance of rights and responsibilities for an embryo by a recipient intended parent. See Tennessee Code 36-2-402
  • Embryo transfer: means the medical procedure of physically placing an embryo into the uterus of a female recipient intended parent. See Tennessee Code 36-2-402
  • Equitable: Pertaining to civil suits in "equity" rather than in "law." In English legal history, the courts of "law" could order the payment of damages and could afford no other remedy. See damages. A separate court of "equity" could order someone to do something or to cease to do something. See, e.g., injunction. In American jurisprudence, the federal courts have both legal and equitable power, but the distinction is still an important one. For example, a trial by jury is normally available in "law" cases but not in "equity" cases. Source: U.S. Courts
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Father: means the biological father of a child born out of wedlock. See Tennessee Code 36-2-302
  • Governing body: means the legislative body of any local government of this state or any other authority charged with the governing of the affairs of any local government in this state. See Tennessee Code 9-21-105
  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • human embryo: means an individual fertilized ovum of the human species from the single-cell stage to eight-week development. See Tennessee Code 36-2-402
  • Interest rate: The amount paid by a borrower to a lender in exchange for the use of the lender's money for a certain period of time. Interest is paid on loans or on debt instruments, such as notes or bonds, either at regular intervals or as part of a lump sum payment when the issue matures. Source: OCC
  • 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.
  • Legal embryo custodian: means the person or entity, including an embryo transfer clinic, who hold the legal rights and responsibilities for a human embryo and who relinquishes said embryo to another person. See Tennessee Code 36-2-402
  • legal transfer of rights to an embryo: means the relinquishment of rights and responsibilities by the person or persons who hold the legal rights and responsibilities for an embryo. See Tennessee Code 36-2-402
  • Local government: means any county, municipality or metropolitan government in this state. See Tennessee Code 9-21-105
  • Medical service plan: means a plan or arrangement under which medical services are or may be rendered to a subscriber, a covered dependent or other beneficiary by a licensed physician and surgeon at the expense of a medical service plan corporation or other person, in consideration of periodical prepayments made by the subscriber or another in the subscriber's behalf prior to the occurrence of the condition calling for the rendition of medical or surgical services. See Tennessee Code 56-27-102
  • Medical service plan corporation: means a corporation organized without capital stock and not for profit, and incorporated in accordance with §. See Tennessee Code 56-27-102
  • Medical services: means the general and usual services and care rendered and administered by doctors of medicine. See Tennessee Code 56-27-102
  • Minor: means any person who has not attained eighteen (18) years of age. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Month: means a calendar month. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Mother: means the biological mother of a child born out of wedlock. See Tennessee Code 36-2-302
  • Municipality: means any incorporated city or any incorporated town of this state. See Tennessee Code 9-21-105
  • Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
  • 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
  • Participating physician: means a doctor of medicine licensed to practice medicine and surgery in this state under title 63, chapter 6, who agrees in writing with a medical service plan corporation to perform the medical services specified in the subscription certificates issued by the corporation, and at the rates of compensation as shall be determined by the board of directors of the corporation, and who agrees to abide by the bylaws, rules and regulations of the corporation applicable to participating physicians. See Tennessee Code 56-27-102
  • Person: includes a natural person, a copartnership, an association, a common-law trust or a corporation. See Tennessee Code 56-27-102
  • Person: includes a corporation, firm, company or association. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Personal representative: when applied to those who represent a decedent, includes executors and administrators, unless the context implies heirs and distributees. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Prosecute: To charge someone with a crime. A prosecutor tries a criminal case on behalf of the government.
  • Recipient intended parent: means a person or persons who receive a relinquished embryo and who accepts full legal rights and responsibilities for such embryo and any child that may be born as a result of embryo transfer. See Tennessee Code 36-2-402
  • Record: means information that is inscribed on a tangible medium or that is stored in an electronic or other medium and is retrievable in a perceivable form. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Representative: when applied to those who represent a decedent, includes executors and administrators, unless the context implies heirs and distributees. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Service of process: The service of writs or summonses to the appropriate party.
  • signed: includes a mark, the name being written near the mark and witnessed, or any other symbol or methodology executed or adopted by a party with intention to authenticate a writing or record, regardless of being witnessed. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • State: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
  • Subpoena: A command to a witness to appear and give testimony.
  • Subscriber: means a person to whom a subscription certificate is issued by a medical service plan corporation that sets forth the beneficiaries and the kinds and extent of the medical services for which the corporation is liable to make payment. See Tennessee Code 56-27-102
  • Subscriber: means a person obligated under a reciprocal insurance agreement. See Tennessee Code 56-16-102
  • Subscription: includes a mark, the name being written near the mark and witnessed. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Summons: Another word for subpoena used by the criminal justice system.
  • Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
  • United States: includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Writ: A formal written command, issued from the court, requiring the performance of a specific act.
  • Writ of certiorari: An order issued by the Supreme Court directing the lower court to transmit records for a case for which it will hear on appeal.
  • written: includes printing, typewriting, engraving, lithography, and any other mode of representing words and letters. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Year: means a calendar year, unless otherwise expressed. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105