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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Tennessee on
Q: I’m the dad was not ever married daughter is now 16 lives with 21 year old I wasn’t informed what is my options

Do I still have to pay child support she will be 17 in 8/10/2020 what’s my legal opt I do have visitation rights

Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq.
Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Jul 28, 2020

Hire a local family law attorney and proceed according to their suggestions.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Tennessee on
Q: Need to transfer a case from Puerto Rico to us (child support/father) never received any document to appear in court

Help on getting payments modify because I never agree upon payments and it's getting difficult to even eat

Paul E. Tennison
Paul E. Tennison answered on Jul 6, 2020

I recommend you consult with a local family law attorney to see what can be done to transfer the case. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Tennessee on
Q: Can the expenses be collected through child support? Or Do you need to request a deviation moving forward?

Modification to an order states that: The parties shall continue being responsible for the same uncovered expenses, but the Mother shall henceforth pay 82% of the uncovered expenses with Father paying 18% of those expenses.

Can the following expenses that have been paid by the father be... Read more »

Paul E. Tennison
Paul E. Tennison answered on Jun 22, 2020

No, the child support office will not be interested in attempting to sort out the payment of expenses. I recommend you consult with an attorney. In general, the best way to proceed if one of the parents is failing to pay their portion of expenses is to proceed with a petition for contempt. Contempt... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Tennessee on
Q: In Tennessee can health issues prevent the father from visitation out of the state?

She is 8mths old he is filing for paternity and visitation. I live in Tennesssee and he lives in Virginia! She has heart and urinary tract issues! She has regular heart doc appointments and had to go to er frequently since birth over her urinary issues and needs to be close to her doctors! Also... Read more »

Paul E. Tennison
Paul E. Tennison answered on Jun 17, 2020

Tennessee Courts use the best interest of the child analysis to determine custody and visitation decisions. The health concerns of the child are important and should be taken into account under Tennessee law. You mention that the Father lives in VA. Thus, I am not sure if the Father filed this... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Tennessee on
Q: I am needing to speak with someone about abandonment of a child and contemt of court and maybe even adoption
Paul E. Tennison
Paul E. Tennison answered on Jun 15, 2020

There are many ways to find an attorney. Justia has a find a lawyer feature at the top of each page. Additionally you could try Google or other online lawyer listings. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Child Support for Tennessee on
Q: hello i sign a contract and i used V.C. before my singature do they still have to honor the contract
Mr. James Charles Wright
Mr. James Charles Wright answered on May 26, 2020

You signed the contract indicating you have signed under duress. The other side may not "honor the contract" with the additional notation as duress can be used as a defense to the validity of a contract.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Tennessee on
Q: If my son turned 18 in August, graduated HS in December, why do i still pay child support in May?
Johnny Quitman Rasberry
Johnny Quitman Rasberry answered on May 22, 2020

If you have arrears, then child support will still taken to satisfy the arrears. If you have not arrears, then you need to move the court to stop the child support. I suggest you consult with a local family law attorney for your best options. Many times, even if there are no arrears, you will have... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Tennessee on
Q: My ex owes back pay on child support ,curious to find out if his stimulus check would be intercepted ?
Johnny Quitman Rasberry
Johnny Quitman Rasberry answered on May 19, 2020

If your child support is paid through the state of Tennessee, then it is very likely his stimulus check will be intercepted. If the child support is from a divorce and it is paid directly to you his check may not be intercepted.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Tennessee on
Q: Paying support for years w/o a court order just by verbal agreement with other parent.

I have paid support on my child for 10 years with no C.O. Other parent is denying visitation now. If I take other parent to court and they find my support order should be more will I be held in arrears even though other parent never filed motion for child support in 10 years.

Johnny Quitman Rasberry
Johnny Quitman Rasberry answered on May 13, 2020

I hope you did not pay her in cash with no receipts. Currently, the Courts are instructed to only go back 5 years without a specific finding it should go back further. Additionally, if you have not be deemed to be the legal, not only the biological father of the child, then you must legitimize the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Tennessee on
Q: If you have 3kids by 3 different men is it illegal to only charge one with child support and not all 3

My husbands ex has 4 kids by 4 different men and only takes him with child support.

Johnny Quitman Rasberry
Johnny Quitman Rasberry answered on May 11, 2020

As long as she is asking for child support that is only his child and not all three, then that is legal. Reprehensible, but not illegal. Now, if she asked him for child support for a child that is not his through the courts, that would not be legal.

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Tennessee on
Q: Hello. I am seeking some information about my current situation. I live in Mt. Juliet TN

My situation is fairly complicated. We were married by a Hindu Custom Religious marriage in 2007 in Los Angeles California. However our priests are not officiated, therefor in the state of TN it is not considered to be "legal". I am now separating with him and have 2 children together. Am... Read more »

Johnny Quitman Rasberry
Johnny Quitman Rasberry answered on May 1, 2020

You need to consult with a local family law attorney to see if you are indeed married and to begin getting child support whether or not you are legally married.

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Support and Divorce for Tennessee on
Q: I was paying child support while married to her can I get that money back. I going through a divorce

I was paying child support since 2013 and was married to her and didn't know it was illegal. We are getting a divorce and I have a lawyer. Am I able to get that money back since we live together the whole time?

Johnny Quitman Rasberry
Johnny Quitman Rasberry answered on Apr 23, 2020

You need to consult your attorney for an answer to your question.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Tennessee on
Q: In 2010, wife divorced me and moved to Ohio with son. No contact since then but still pay child support. Is this right?

She has since remarried and I believe the child has now been adopted by her new husband, not entirely sure but that’s what I’ve heard through family. I’ve had income taxes withheld, garnishments on my paychecks, anytime I apply for a loan or anything that’s one of the first things that pop... Read more »

Paul E. Tennison
Paul E. Tennison answered on Apr 22, 2020

I recommend you consult with a family law attorney. You may be able to file for a modification of the child support amount if your/her income has changed by more than 15%. Which state was the divorce decree entered in? This question appears in the TN page, yet it appears you posted this question... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Tennessee on
Q: My husband and I have full custody of a child my husband and my name on the custody papers.

My husband left us in July 2019. We are still married. Can I file child support against my husband since he on the custody papers too?

Paul E. Tennison
Paul E. Tennison answered on Apr 21, 2020

Most likely, No. Under Tennessee law, you cannot get child support from your married partner. You could file for divorce and then would be eligible to request child support during the divorce and after it becomes final. I recommend you consult with an experienced family law attorney in your local... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Tennessee on
Q: I am owed 10000 in arrears. Christopher Scott Hunt got custody of our child i pay support now to him in flordia why?

Scott Hunt gained custody of the child then illegally moved child to flordia. my paycheck is garneshed now how in the world is this right.

Johnny Quitman Rasberry
Johnny Quitman Rasberry answered on Apr 21, 2020

Please do not identify anyone specifically by name as this may expose you to a defamation action if your accusations are not true. If you allege that he moved to another state illegally and he in fact followed the law, then you could get in trouble. Assuming he did get custody, then as a parent you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Tennessee on
Q: i filed for ssi and I'm waiting to see if I'm approved or denied. I owe back child support but I have no income.

will the state garnish my stimulus check 2020 bc of this

Johnny Quitman Rasberry
Johnny Quitman Rasberry answered on Apr 21, 2020

If you owe back child support your stimulus check can and probably will be intercepted.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Tennessee on
Q: Can the state make you pay back double for what was drew on Familes First?

My mother in law drew $7,228 in Families First benefits. Should my ex husband and I both be paying back $7,633 each?

Johnny Quitman Rasberry
Johnny Quitman Rasberry answered on Apr 21, 2020

I am not sure if the amount you stated is the total amount owed. Generally, it appears that a child support order was entered and if so, both you and your ex would be jointly liable for the amount. You should consult with an experienced family law attorney for your best options.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Tennessee on
Q: If my daughter was born outside of TN, can the state of TN enforce child support if jurisdiction was not relinquished?

She was born in another state and relocated with her mother to TN. The mother did not inform the state she was born outside of the state when child support was enforced.

Johnny Quitman Rasberry
Johnny Quitman Rasberry answered on Apr 21, 2020

Generally, jurisdiction follows the child. Whether the case should have been initiated in either the foreign state or TN depends on several factors. How long had the child been in TN. Was the child legitimated? If so, where? Is the action in TN for enforcement purposes only? You should consult with... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Support for Tennessee on
Q: I pay for my children's medical insurance and I have reason to believe my ex-wife is lying to our daughter.

I think she is telling our daughter that she (our daughter) has a number of different diseases. Do I have the right to see my daughters medical records.

Johnny Quitman Rasberry
Johnny Quitman Rasberry answered on Apr 21, 2020

Absent an order from the court barring you access to those records, yes you have a right to see the medical records. Look at you Permanent Parenting Plan and consult a local family law attorney for your best course of action.

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