Cookeville, TN asked in Child Support for Tennessee

Q: I was never served papers or informed that i had to pay child support. Why are they taking from my paychecks?

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Bob G Huddleston Jr.
Bob G Huddleston Jr.
  • Cordova, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: It's possible, but unlikely, that there was not good service of process for notifying you of any child support hearing. It's likely the service of process rules were followed, you still didn't learn about the court date, and a default judgment was taken against you.

It's coming out of your paycheck because, at some time, the state of Tennessee (Child Support Office) learned where you were employed and issued an "Income Assignment" to your employer to garnish your wages to pay the amount the court ordered you to pay.

You may want to go to the court, get a copy of the file, show ALL the documents in the legal file to a lawyer in your area to verify whether service was good or not, and to, perhaps, discuss likely outcomes of filing a Petition to Modify the child support Order.

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