Nashville Child Support Attorney
Establishing Child Support-The Initial Setting
When parents separate, the emotional toll on the parents and children can be difficult, but there can also be a financial strain that should not affect the lives and well-being of the children. Tennessee has developed an income shares model of child support designed to provide sufficient support for the children of separated or divorced parents not living in the same household. Our Nashville child support lawyers can help you pursue the best possible outcome for you when dealing with child support.
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Both parents are legally obligated to provide support for their child or children. The child support obligation would begin at the birth of the child or on the date of separation of the parents if they were previously residing in the same household with the child. Although it may vary due to certain extenuating circumstances, generally, the child support obligation continues until the child reaches the age of eighteen or graduates from high school, whichever event happens later.
The court will establish a child support order according to the Tennessee Child Support Guidelines, which are the rules and laws that govern child support in Tennessee. The actual child support payment amount must be calculated using a worksheet created by the Department of Human Services. The worksheet takes into account many individualized factors.
- Some factors used to calculate child support under the Tennessee Child Support Guidelines
- The number of days per year each parent actually spends with the child
- The gross income of both parents
- The cost of work-related child care
- The cost of health insurance premiums for the child
- Other children that may live with the parent or for whom the parent pays child support
Child Support Enforcement
Once a Judge's order has set child support, there can be criminal consequences to an obligor parent who does not comply with his or her obligation to pay child support. Additionally, unpaid child support accrues interest at twelve percent (12%) per year, so getting behind on child support payments can become quite costly. Failure to pay child support can also lead to other consequences such as a revocation of your drivers’ license, denial of a passport, or seizure of your financial accounts or income tax refund.
If you are owed unpaid child support or are facing the consequences for missing child support payments, contact the Nashville child support lawyers at Collins Legal today. Don’t let a change in circumstance cause you to get behind on your child support.
Modification of Child Support
Child support can be modified when a change of circumstance leads to a significant variance between the originally ordered child support amount and a new child support amount. To determine if you are entitled to a child support modification, the court will compare the child support amount from the existing child support order to a new, presumptive, child support amount based on the new information. Court approval is required to modify child support.
Child support modifications cannot be retroactive. The earliest a child support modification can become effective is the date of filing the request, or the petition to modify child support, by the court. So, if you think you may qualify for a child support modification, contact the Nashville child support attorneys at Collins Legal today.
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