Child Support In Tennessee: The Basics

Under Tennessee law, both parents are responsible for the financial support of their children. This is true regardless of whether the parents are married or not.

If you have questions about child support obligations in Tennessee, the team of dedicated legal professionals at the Law Office of Lisa Collins Werner can help. Whether you are going through a divorce or were never married, attorney Lisa Collins Werner can carefully explain Tennessee child support laws and how they apply to you.

Tennessee Child Support Guidelines

In Tennessee, courts calculate child support obligations using a set of predetermined guidelines. Specifically, these guidelines take into account several factors, including the combined incomes of the parents, the number of children involved, and the parenting time or custody plan in place.

While it is true that both parents are obligated to support their children, one parent will typically be responsible for paying child support to the other. In most cases, the parent who cares for the child the majority of the time - often referred to as the custodial parent - will be the one who receives support on behalf of the child. The idea behind this is that the custodial parent is already spending money on the child since he or she is taking care of the child most of the time.

Child Support Issues Down The Road - Modification And Enforcement

Just because a child support order is in place or your divorce is finalized doesn't mean issues will not surface later. For instance, if one parent is unable or refuses to make child support payments, the other parent may need to take steps to enforce the child support order and/or hold the initial parent in contempt of court.

Also, as circumstances change, child support obligations may likewise require a modification. For example, if the needs of the child change or if the income of one of the parents experiences a dramatic increase or decrease, a child support modification may be warranted. However, every situation is different, which is why it is best to always speak with an experienced child support lawyer.

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