Tennessee Code Annotated

Title 37: Juveniles

Chapter 1: Juvenile Courts and Proceedings

Part 1: General Provisions

TCA 37-1-120: Contents of petition.

The petition shall be verified and may be on information and belief. It shall set forth plainly:

(1) The facts that bring the child within the jurisdiction of the court with a statement that it is in the best interest of the child and the public that the proceeding be brought and, if delinquency or unruly conduct is alleged, that the child is in need of treatment or rehabilitation;

(2) The name, age and residence address, if any, of the child on whose behalf the petition is brought;

(3) The names and residence addresses, if known to petitioner, of the legal parents, guardian or custodian of the child and of the child's spouse, if any;

(4) The names, and residence addresses, if known to the petitioner, of any persons, other than the legal father, alleged to be the biological father of the child whose parental rights have not been terminated; and

(5) If the child is in custody and, if so, the place of detention and the time the child was taken into custody.

History: Acts 1970, ch. 600, SC 20; T.C.A., SC 37-220; Acts 2012, ch. 1017, SCSC 1, 2.