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 and to the extent reasonably ascertainable:

(1) The facts that bring the child within the jurisdiction of the court, including the approximate date, manner, and place of the acts alleged, 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 and the places where the child has lived for the last five (5) years, and the names and present addresses of the persons with whom the child has lived during that period;

(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, or of any person who has physical custody of the child or claims rights of legal or physical custody of, or visitation with the child;

(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;

(5) The court, case number, and nature of any proceeding, if known to the petitioner, that could affect the current proceeding including proceedings for custody, visitation, enforcement, domestic violence, protective orders, termination of parental rights, or adoption;

(6) A statement whether the petitioner has participated as a party or witness or in any other capacity, in any other proceeding concerning the custody of or visitation with the child and, if so, a statement that identifies the court, the case number, and the date of the child custody determination, if any;

(7) A statement whether or not the parents are currently serving in the armed forces;

(8) If the child is in detention, the place of detention, and the time the child was taken into custody; and

(9) A statement whether the child or child's parent is a member or eligible for membership in any recognized Indian tribe under the federal Indian Child Welfare Act (25 U.S.C. § 1901).

History: Acts 1970, ch. 600, § 20; T.C.A., § 37-220; Acts 2012, ch. 1017, §§ 1, 2; 2016, ch. 598, § 4.