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Tennessee child support: What does the court consider?

Child support in Tennessee is based on a number of factors. The state has guidelines that are used, and the judges have the freedom to take other things into consideration, too. Some of the problem areas when determining child support is what qualifies as income. Income includes:

-- Wages and salaries

-- Commissions and fees

-- Tips

-- Income from being self-employed

-- Overtime and severance pay

-- Retirement and pension pay

-- Social Security Disability or retirement

-- Workers' compensation benefits'

-- Interest, trust, dividend and annuity income.

-- Unemployment insurance benefits

-- Prizes, gifts and lottery winnings

-- Alimony

This is a lot to consider, but the court wants to understand that every thing that is income. In addition, the judge may require the alternative residential parent to cover medical or dental expenses, sports expenses or more.

When a child reaches the age of 18 and is not going to be attended to, then child support payments are over. This also occurs when the teen gets married or enters the military.

Child support enforcement can be difficult, too, but not impossible. If the parent who is supposed to be making the payments falls behind, there are a few things that may be done to help him or her catch up. First, a bank account in the parent's name might help. Second, revoking the parent's driver's license might help. Third, a passport could be denied.

If you are struggling because of late or unpaid child support payments, you do have options. An attorney can help you determine how to move forward and make decisions that will benefit your child.

Source: FindLaw, "Tennessee Child Support Guidelines," accessed Aug. 05, 2016

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