Tennessee Child Support Questions & Answers

Q: Can child support figure out where you work

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Tennessee on
Answered on Jan 15, 2019
Anthony Marvin Avery's answer
They usually track you down through your Social Security Number. Sometimes you have told someone who tells the mother. Or you are forced to disclose your job in Court or annual 1040 IRS Forms the obligee

gets. Internet searches can sometime disclose your job, especially if you are careless enough to use facebook or similar blogs.

Q: i am paying child support on my child, never missed a payment , I am legally still married to the mother

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Tennessee on
Answered on Jan 14, 2019
Leonard Robert Grefseng's answer
apply to the child support office for a "review" of your case. You will need to prove that the child no longer resides with her. Keep in mind that the mother may attempt to correct this when she finds out that you have asked for the review. consult an experienced family law attorney for advice on your specific situation.

Q: If a father gives mother money before court order receipt is wrote child support and or dr bill. Does it count or gift?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Tennessee on
Answered on Jan 4, 2019
Leonard Robert Grefseng's answer
It is most likely a gift.

The child support order is a court order where the Judge has ordered the father to pay an amount of money, ( in order words, CASH or funds ). The judge did not order the father to buy clothes or pay doctor bills. As a result, unless the Mother just agrees to allow this as a credit, buying clothes or paying doctor bills is NOT complying with the support order.

Consult an experienced family law attorney for advice on your specific situation.

Q: If my daughter's father is behind on child support and our child turns 18/graduates, does the support stop?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Tennessee on
Answered on Nov 19, 2018
Leonard Robert Grefseng's answer
the obligation for CURRENT support ends, but the arrears remains owing. You should seek to have the arrears reduced to a Judgment.

Q: My son is 17 & just moved with me he'll be 18 in 3 mths but won't graduate from HS until 2020. How do stop child support

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Tennessee on
Answered on Nov 7, 2018
Leonard Robert Grefseng's answer
All courts work on written requests, sometimes called a "complaint" or "petition" or "motion." In your case it sound like the proper paper to file with the court clerk where your divorce case took place would be a "petition to modify the parenting plan." I assume the boy had been living with the other parent. If so, you must get court approval of that arrangement ( it does not have to be a battle, your ex can agree to the change). You and he/she can't just change things on your own- the Court...

Q: Can a father sign over his rights just to get out of paying child support? He will claim he dosen't have a regular job.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Tennessee on
Answered on Oct 17, 2018
Leonard Robert Grefseng's answer
If I understand the situation, the answer is NO: you can sign away ( the proper legal term is "surrender") your parental rights ONLY if someone else is willing to adopt the child and therefore assume the responsibility of supporting the child. You can't just sign to avoid the payment of child support. An adoption terminates only the current or existing support, it does NOT terminate any past due or arrears in the support.

Q: Is there any way to pay your child support obligations in full ... could you pay all 18 years in a lump sum?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Tennessee on
Answered on Oct 1, 2018
Leonard Robert Grefseng's answer
No, the support is a continuing duty, which is subject to modification ( meaning increases or decreases) as circumstances change. Any "extra " support can be deemed a "gift." The general rule is : pay the required amount on time, every time, not a penny more, but not a penny less.

Q: I have arrears in child support. Around 34,000 to be exact, but Do I need a lawyer to lower the percentage rate?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Tennessee on
Answered on Oct 1, 2018
Leonard Robert Grefseng's answer
Sorry, but you haven't provided enough information to provide an accurate answer- I am not sure what you mean by "percentage rate."

If you mean the interest on the arrears- that is set by state statute and therefore it can't be lowered. I suspect your situation is more complicated, so YES, consult an experienced family law attorney for specific advice on your situation.

Q: If my son turns 18 in April and graduates in May, does support terminate automatically? Or do I need a court order?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Tennessee on
Answered on Sep 25, 2018
Leonard Robert Grefseng's answer
If you are paying by wage assignment, it is sometimes necessary to get a court order to convince the employer to stop the wage assignment. If you are paying directly, you can simply stop paying on the graduation. It might be wise to warn the recipient that you intend to stop payments at that time to make sure they agree that there is no arrearage.

Q: The father and I have gotten married. Is there a way to stop the child support payments since we are married now

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Tennessee on
Answered on Sep 24, 2018
Leonard Robert Grefseng's answer
You need to contact the child support enforcement office in your county ( In Tennessee, it is part of the District Attorney's office) and tell them your situation. If you are off public assistance, it's likely your can terminate your child support case. If you later get divorced, the divorce court can again set child support ( assuming you are the primary residential parent - "custody" is no longer a proper term).

Q: I'm paying child support but she refused to let me see them.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Tennessee on
Answered on Sep 17, 2018
Leonard Robert Grefseng's answer
Insufficient information to enable a response. Was there a divorce? check your parenting plan. If you were never married- how was paternity established- DNA tests or voluntary acknowledgment of paternity (VAP) .

If paternity was established, then you should file a petition to establish a parenting plan. You are entitled to have time with the child/children and if you and the mother can't agree on a schedule for that, the Judge will decide a schedule for you and you both will be bound by...

Q: I’m engaged and expecting our first child in dec. will my fiancé automatically be put on child support since not married

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Tennessee on
Answered on Sep 17, 2018
Leonard Robert Grefseng's answer
Nothing will automatically happen- you will have to make a request. Every county in Tennessee has a child support enforcement office ( it is part of the district attorney's office). Once the child is born, consult that office if your are need of child support.

Q: Payment of child support when the mother has signed a power of attorney

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Tennessee on
Answered on Sep 17, 2018
Leonard Robert Grefseng's answer
He should file a petition ( a request) in the court that set the support asking to change the payment to the care-taker family. ( He can't automaticly change anything about child support- it's set by a court order, so in the strict sense, only the Judge who set it can change it). He must comply with the existing court order until the Judge changes it. Under Tennessee law, the "child support Calculator" is a computer program available on line and the program takes into account the number of days...

Q: My ex wants to take me back to court to reduce his child support by asking do 50/50. I have been primary parent for

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Tennessee on
Answered on Aug 23, 2018
Leonard Robert Grefseng's answer
Modification of a parenting plan requires a showing in court of a "material change of circumstances"- which is heavily fact dependent, or in other words, on a case by case basis., each case to be examined on its own. Unfortunately, college expense for the other child is of no importance- no parent can be required to support a child past their 18th birthday, If there have been no problems with the existing arrangement ( arguments about holidays or pick up times, etc) then, some judge will go by...

Q: My ex wants to take me back to court for 50/50. I have primary residential custody and have for the last four years.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Tennessee on
Answered on Aug 20, 2018
Bennett James Wills' answer
To change custody the petitioner would need to demonstrate a material change in circumstances. If nothing has really changed, then he may not prevail. If, however, you hire counsel and do prevail, the court, at its discretion, is permitted to award you with your reasonable attorney's fees per statute.

Q: Should I attend my ex's bankruptcy hearing regarding our child support agreement?

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy and Child Support for Tennessee on
Answered on Aug 16, 2018
Leonard Robert Grefseng's answer
Although many debts can be eliminated or reduced in bankruptcy court, child support is not of them. In that sense, there is no need to worry too much about his bankruptcy since the support obligation cannot be changed by the bankruptcy court. However, he could likely avoid the medical bills, so I don't think you can ignore the process completely. Your question doesn't say the type of bankruptcy he filed ( there are several: "chapter 7"- chapter 13 or chapter 11- all named for the specific...

Q: What is the percentage of your income of child support you have to pay for 1-3 children

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Tennessee on
Answered on Aug 15, 2018
Leonard Robert Grefseng's answer
Child support is NO longer calculated as a percentage of income. Support in Tennessee is now determined by a computer program ( called the "child support calculator"- try googling that term). The program requires the gross income of BOTH parents, the number of parenting time days each parent spends with the child, the umber of other children in each home or which are also supported by the parent, the cost of health insurance coverage for the child ( if any) and the cost of work related daycare...

Q: Do School supplies fall under child support? By School supplies I mean pencils, paper, binders etc?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Tennessee on
Answered on Aug 8, 2018
Leonard Robert Grefseng's answer
Your question is not clear- strictly speaking , the term "child support" generally refers to a sum of money, a fixed amount of dollars, which is usually paid monthly ( but can also be paid weekly or bi-weekly , or in really any interval that the parties agree on). Under Tennessee law, this amount is determined by a computer program which takes into account the gross income of both parents and the number of days each parent has with the child ( but there are other factors as well). One parent...

Q: Why do it take so long for me to receive my kids child support after he file bankruptcy?

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy and Child Support for Tennessee on
Answered on Jul 16, 2018
Timothy Denison's answer
You should have continued to receive support during and after the bankruptcy. Should hire a local bankruptcy attorney to look into it for you.

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