Tennessee Child Support Attorney
Assistance with Obtaining Child Support in Tennessee
After going through a divorce, one parent is likely to end up with primary custody of a child or children. In normal circumstances, the non-custodial parent will be responsible for paying child support to help pay for the needs and education of the child, and the custodial parent is not required to account for the child support he or she receives. Things such as voluntary gifts, clothes or transportation are not considered as child support. If you need assistance in any legal matter involving child support, knowledgeable legal help is available to you from a Tennessee divorce lawyer at any time.
How exactly is child support calculated in Tennessee? Any basic obligation is calculated by comparing the incomes of the spouses (or sometimes their earning capacity, which is what they are capable of making, even if they actually don’t) and the relative time spent in the two homes. Also included are some routine expenses incurred on behalf of the child by one, or both, spouses, such as health insurance, work-related child care, some extracurricular fees, as well as some others. In some additional cases, a judge may order the non-custodial parent to pay a share of the child or children’s education expenses, above and beyond basic child support.
When a non-custodial parent does not meet their legal child support obligations, wage garnishments or property liens may be instituted through a court order or judgment.
When a child reaches the age of 18 or graduates high school, whichever is later, child support will stop.