Tennessee child support laws hold parents responsible for the financial support of their children until a child reaches 18 years of age. The law requires that the income of both parents be compared and then assigns to each parent a percentage of financial responsibility in proportion to that parent’s income or earning capacity and comparative parenting time.
If a parent has no income or is voluntarily underemployed, income may be imputed to that parent, meaning that the court will assign income to the parent based on what it believes that person is capable of earning based on education and employment history.
Once we have helped our clients establish child support, we are able to enforce child support orders or modify them where material changes impact either parent’s ability to comply with the order. Child support modifications can occur when parents receive job promotions, switch jobs, or experience other changes in income that would result in a change of 15 percent or more in the child support due, or when an older child reaches an age where child support is no longer required. As these changes occur, our attorneys are able to guide clients as they renegotiate their child support arrangements or seek court intervention.
There is a Microsoft Excel worksheet available for calculating child support provided by the State of Tennessee. You can download a copy of the worksheet here.