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Q: Why does my kids dad wife have the right to have insurance on our kids? Yes he works

I thought when a person gets married their income becomes one. I'm not understanding why I can't take both to court for support. She has insurance on our kids, why does she have the right to do that but doesn't have rights over our kids?

Bob G Huddleston Jr.
Bob G Huddleston Jr. answered on Feb 21, 2020

A stepparent may take out insurance policy on the children of their spouse as the children are considered dependents of the biological parent and that person's spouse (at least for insurance purposes). She has custodial/guardianship rights and obligations granted by the stepparent relationship, but... Read more »

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Q: Hello my kids dad is married. Do the child support count both of their incomes since they're married?

My kids dad is married do support comes from both since he's married? Can I take them both to court?

Bob G Huddleston Jr.
Bob G Huddleston Jr. answered on Feb 21, 2020

Only your income and his income is included in the calculation. His wife's income is not included. No, you cannot take his wife to court because she has no legal rights or responsibilities to your child.

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Q: Is a parent considered "current on child support" if there are arrears?

My ex husband fell behind on his child support for a few years and is now paying the regular support plus a few dollars in arrears each month. The support order says he can use the child as a deduction only if he is current on child support. Is he considered current, if he still owes $6000 in... Read more »

Leonard Robert Grefseng
Leonard Robert Grefseng answered on Feb 6, 2020

No, his is not current. If he was current the arrears would be "zero."

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Q: I have $500 in arrears for Child Support in TN. Will they with hold my income tax?

I am paying more than I am supposed to pay on my Biweekly payments through my employer to make up for the arrears. I would like to know if the State of TN will withhold that amount of my income taxes.

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jan 31, 2020

It is a very good chance that the State will grab any Tax Refund due you. Change your W4 now to claim some exemptions. Tax Refunds are bad, creating an asset for certain outfits to grab. If possible do not file your Return for awhile, but still pay any income taxes due.

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Child Support for Tennessee on
Q: If my ex and my son still live with me after the divorce is final. When do I have to start paying child support?

Even if the ex wife and son are still both in my home?

Leonard Robert Grefseng
Leonard Robert Grefseng answered on Jan 30, 2020

The "parenting plan " form which is part of your divorce papers has a section on child support. The form has a section where the parties choose the date- In summary, you've got to review the divorce papers and see what they say. If the section was not filled out, generally court order become... Read more »

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Q: My daughter is 18 now and has two kids and he still owes back pay child support will I still get my back pay

If so how do I go about getting it because he's not paying

Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills answered on Jan 29, 2020

Consult local counsel. It is unclear why you would be entitled to child support if your daughter, who is now 18, is the mother of the kids.

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Q: My husband is in jail for child support in one county an he has a hold on him in another county

For child support will be do a year instead of 6 months

Bob G Huddleston Jr.
Bob G Huddleston Jr. answered on Jan 27, 2020

Was the incarceration because of the child support issue from a civil or criminal contempt?

The child support issues, regardless of whether incarceration was civil or criminal, are completely separate from any other issues causing him to be held in jail.

However, it seems unlikely...
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Q: Child support unique situation. I intend to avoid knowing reprecussions.

Non-married, child. 12/15 breakup. Verbal agreement 50/50 sharing. I paid for 80%+ of food, toys, clothing, etc. Everything good. They popped another child out 10/16 and another one 10/17 with partner. Bad financial management led to them getting evicted, 03/18. Provided ex and children a roof over... Read more »

Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills answered on Jan 22, 2020

If you are sued by your ex for child support and are properly served, and then you fail to respond, be it in Tenn. or Fla., you'll likely end up with some kind of default order against you. Which can lead to further issues. Best not to ignore lawsuits if one is filed--things usually just get worse.... Read more »

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Q: how to get a copy of a court order
Leonard Robert Grefseng
Leonard Robert Grefseng answered on Jan 9, 2020

You must go to the office of the court clerk- there will be a charge of the copy and an extra charge if you want the copy to be "certified" ( verified as accurate). You will need the exact names of the people/entities involve in the case or the case number to assist the clerk in finding the case... Read more »

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Q: Can i be obligated to pay more than what my divorce papers say for child support?

My divorce papers quote a price to pay. I have verbally agreed in the past to pay my ex more money when i had a better paying job. I now dont have that job. Can she obligate me to pay that verbal price even though no paperwork was ever filed saying to pay that set price?

Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills answered on Jan 6, 2020

You only need to pay what the court orders.

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Q: If I'm paying the state back and someone added me on their bank account as an authorized user can the state take money

From that person bank account

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Dec 23, 2019

Yes... Get off that Signature Card. You need to keep your finances out of the public eye as much as possible. Do not generate Tax Refunds.

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Q: Can a county inmate on child support be granted a furlow because his wife is having surgery
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Dec 20, 2019

His lawyer can file the Motion and usually have it held quickly in Chambers. But it is the Judge's discretion. If he is granted Furlough. then he needs to be very prompt about returning to Jail, not get in trouble, and I recommend writing a thank you letter to the Judge.

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Q: Need back child support after the kids graduate high school.

Scenario: Divorced 2005- Ex Husband was ordered to pay $1000 mth. He only paid $800, not a dime more. Sometimes not even that. The agreement for the last 14 years, was he would pay me directly. Which he deposited into my account every Thursday.

Children (twins) were seniors last year, and... Read more »

Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills answered on Dec 12, 2019

You can contact the office of child support enforcement. Otherwise, you should consider consulting and hiring counsel to determine your best course of action.

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Q: If my ex (which is the primary parent) has additional children, would that affect my cuild support payments?

If my ex ( who is the custodial parent) has additional children in a new relationship, would that affect my child support obligation?

Leonard Robert Grefseng
Leonard Robert Grefseng answered on Nov 26, 2019

Yes- under the guidelines, if either parent has additional children in their home ( or other children outside their home for which they are paying support) this is a factor in the calculation of support.

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Q: If i sign the birth certificate will the state automatically go after me for child supprt

In the state Tennessee

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Nov 20, 2019

More than likely yes, and TN will seek support in GA also as well as your Tax Refunds.

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Q: The state of Tennessee has been locking my boyfriend up over a child that doesn't belong to him I

He is incarcerated right now what can I do to make the state stop incarcerating him over something he didn't do

Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills answered on Nov 14, 2019

One needs much more info to answer this question. Consult a local criminal defense attorney to discuss your options.

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Q: I have to go to court for back child support. My son died in 2007. what can i do?

I have cut the arrears in half the last 5 yrs but my depression has made my quality of life unbearable.

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Nov 12, 2019

You might try talking to a competent Bankruptcy Attorney about filing a Chapter 13 and making payments for 5 years. It would be alot of work right now. But if the amount of arrearages is enough, and you work steadily, it might discharge it completely in five years. It is much better to trade... Read more »

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Q: What is the percentage of child support in Tennessee on 2 kids?
Leonard Robert Grefseng
Leonard Robert Grefseng answered on Oct 31, 2019

Child support is no longer figured by a strict percentage of your income. Child support is now based on the monthly gross income of BOTH parents AND the number of days set forth in the parenting plan. There are other factors but the number of days and the parties' income are the most significant.... Read more »

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Q: My wife and I are filing an uncontested divorce. My question is, can we decide the child support payment?

Say the calculator says the payment would be 1200 a month and she only wants 500, will the court honor the 500 or will they make me pay the full amount

Leonard Robert Grefseng
Leonard Robert Grefseng answered on Oct 17, 2019

In my experience, the judges follow the guidelines ( appellate court decisions says the guidelines have the same effect as laws passed by the legislature). The Judges are under a statutory directive to insure the child support law is obeyed. The guidelines do permit deviations, but only for a very... Read more »

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Q: I live in tennessee and i owe back child support. i was told that as long as i sent 10$ a month id stay out of jail
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Oct 16, 2019

More than likely, the Child Support Referee will incarcerate you. You are probably ordered to pay what an Order says, which is what you need to read and obey. If you know about arrearages, then you probably are aware of what you are supposed to do. There is no way $10 a month will keep you out... Read more »

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