Securing The Financial Support That Your Child Needs
Both parents are required to financially support their children in Tennessee. Typically, one parent has primary care of their child while the other pays child support. This scenario is flexible depending upon each parent's personal and financial circumstances.
Parents sometimes attempt to handle their child support matters alone. Child support is a complex concept. Mistakes can be made without assistance from a legal professional, leading to issues with child support. At the Law Office of Sarah Turner, we will uncover any hidden income from your ex, and we will fight to secure a fair amount of child support for your family.
How Is Child Support Determined?
Child support is established by the court based upon the Tennessee Child Support Guidelines. The court will determine who pays child support based on a number of factors, including each parent's financial resources and the number of days each parent actually spends with their child per year. The amount of child support is impacted by a number of things, including both parents' gross annual income and the cost of benefits and child care provided by one or both parents. The percentage that each parent makes up of that combined family income determines the base monthly child support obligation. Other important considerations for the court include:
- The number of children that require financial support
- The number of days each parent actually spends with the children per year
- The child's current standard of living
- Child care
- Health, vision, and dental insurance
- Out-of-pocket expenses for doctor visits and medical expenses