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Recent Tennessee Child Support Law Court of Appeals Decisions

Authoring Judge: Judge Andy D. Bennett
Trial Court Judge: Judge James Y. Ross

A man claims he is not the biological father and should not pay child support and arrears.

This case involves the difficult issue of disestablishment of paternity and its effect on child support arrears. Over a year after the trial court entered an order requiring the respondent to pay child support, he requested Rule 60 relief on the grounds that he was not the biological father of the child. Based upon the statutory prohibition against the retroactive modification of child support and the related caselaw, we must affirm the trial court’s decision denying the respondent Rule 60 relief for any time period prior to the filing of his petition.

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See the entire Purdy v Smith opinion

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