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Four Frequently Asked Questions About Child Support

Establishing a child support order is an important part of a divorce involving children, especially if one of the parents is a primary caregiver and doesn't work outside the home. Although the calculation is based on Tennessee legal guidelines, diving deep into the language outlining the requirements can leave anyone without a law degree with headache. It's no wonder many people come to their attorneys with several questions about child support.

Here are four frequently asked questions about child support:

  • How is child support determined?

The calculation takes into account child custody and parenting time, the income of each parent, costs of medical insurance, any work-related child care expenses or uninsured medical costs.

  • What if child support is not paid?

Every child deserves the financial support of both parents. If one parent does not uphold his or her responsibility, there are ways to enforce the order, such as wage garnishment. This tool legally requires some employers to withhold the income of an employee if they fail to pay child support, but there are limits.

  • Can I get child support adjusted? That depends on how significant of a change in income exist for you or the other parent. Tennessee courts look for at least a 15 percent increase or decrease in income level.
  • How long is child support required? Under Tennessee law, child support continues after 18 if the child is still in high school.

As you can see, child support determinations and other related matters involve many factors. If you are seeking a divorce or child support from an ex, you likely have many more questions. It can be helpful to speak with an experienced lawyer who can look at your individual situation and offer advice on how to proceed.

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