Rutherford County Child Support Attorneys
Tennessee family law firm guides clients through divorce and child support issues
Issues surrounding child support can be some of the most contentious aspects of a divorce. When divorcing, it is best for parents to try and work out an agreeable solution for child support. Because this can be difficult for many couples, it is helpful to understand the laws regarding child support and how support is calculated in Tennessee. The knowledgeable Rutherford County divorce lawyers at Taylor Law Group Attorneys at Law have more than 40 years of combined experience serving Tennessee families in divorce and child support matters.
How much child support can I expect to pay in Rutherford County?
If you and your spouse have children and are considering divorce, you may be wondering what child support you will be expected to provide. Tennessee, like all states, believes that each parent – even if they are divorced — has an obligation to support his or her children and as such requires that both parents provide support, regardless of custody. Several factors come into play in determining the amount of child support each parent will be expected to provide. The individual circumstances of each child support case are unique and the court must evaluate each situation in determining what it believes is the suitable child support and maintenance of any children by either spouse. Tennessee follows the “Income Shares Model”, a formula for child support guidelines. This formula considers the combined adjusted gross income of both parents and the number of children, including adjustments for each parent's pro rata share of the costs for the child's health insurance premiums, uninsured medical expenses, and work-related childcare costs in addition to how much time each parent spends with the children.
Child support is not child custody
Child support is different from child custody. Under the law, divorced parents are required to support their children. Disputes over custody and visitation are separate and should not be confused with providing child support. Child support cannot be withheld due to disagreements over visitation. If your former spouse is interfering with your visitation rights, do not withhold child support payments. Instead, seek qualified legal counsel and turn to the courts to have your visitation rights enforced.
Our Rutherford County child support lawyers protect your best interests
In many divorces, one spouse withholds child support due to visitation issues or other circumstances. Do not try and confront these problems alone. The Rutherford County child support lawyers at Taylor Law Group Attorneys at Law are experienced in all aspects of the divorce process, including child support and child custody matters. Our team handles the sensitive, personal matters regarding your children with compassion and understanding. Contact our office today at 615-890-1982 or online to schedule a free consultation.