My question involves paternity law for the State of: TN
I'll try and keep to relevant facts. I am the biological father of a one year old boy. When the child was conceived and born, the mother was married to another man. She wanted to leave her husband, but when I told her I wasn't interested in being a husband or a father, she decided to stay with him. He is, and was aware that the child was not his but decided to stay in the marriage anyway. I spoke with him directly and he said he would raise the child as his own. His name is on the birth certificate.
The mother still contacts me and I feel, still would like to be in a relationship with me. I have been direct with her that I do not wish to be in a relationship with her. I feel that she is staying in her marriage only for the fact that she does not wish to raise the child alone. They have had some financial difficulties and I have sent her money over the last year, although not on a consistent basis.
And to the question: Can the mother, at any point, dis-establish her husband's paternity and then try and establish my paternity? I told her from day 1 that I was okay with the child being adopted by someone else. But I am a bit concerned that she could at some point attempt to establish my paternity in effort to force me into a relationship with her, not to mentioned, backpay in child support.
Let me add that although I live in TN, the child was born and lives in MO.
This is a mess. My fault though. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.