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Child Support

If you are having an issue with child support, you need a child support attorney with years of experience handling Memphis area child support cases. Christina Burdette has experience with the Tennessee Child Support Guidelines and Tennessee Income Shares Worksheet procedures. She understands that her clients can experience financial difficulty as a result of improper calculation of child support, so she handles child support matters with speed and efficiency, to get your child support matter resolved quickly and correctly.

Tennessee Child Support Guidelines

Tennessee law requires filling out an Income Shares worksheet, and child support is set in accordance with the Tennessee Child Support Guidelines. A child support lawyer utilizes the Tennessee Child Support Guidelines to make sure that the amount of child support apportioned to each parent is fair and equitable. The income shares model takes into account the following factors:

The number of days the child is with each parent
Each parent’s gross income
Cost of work-related daycare
Cost of health insurance
Once Base Child Support Amount is calculated, credits are given for other children in the house and other children for whom child support is paid.

Duration of Child Support

In compliance with the Tennessee Child Support Guidelines and child support law, parents have a financial obligation to support their child until the child turns 18 or until the child graduates with their class. The Tennessee Child Support Guidelines, in the case of a Memphis area child support law matter that involves a child who has a mental illness or disability, requires that the parents will need to continue to be responsible for their child even after they turn 18 years of age.

Failure to Pay Child Support

Failure to abide by a court ordered child support order will result in a contempt petition being filed against the non-paying party. Upon finding of willful contempt, the non-paying parent can be sentenced to jail for not complying with Tennessee child support law order to pay child support.

Modification of Child Support

Child support may be modified by the court upon filing a petition to modify child support. The court must find that the income of a parent varies by 15%, or that the amount of child support owed varies by 15%. Tennessee law specifically states that there shall be no retroactive modification of child support; therefore, a parent seeking modification of child support must immediately file a petition for modification; otherwise, the amount of child support will remain the amount set forth in the last court order.

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At The Burdette Law Firm we are competent and caring lawyers when dealing with divorce, and will provide excellent legal divorce advice. We give our clients a great deal of information on divorce so they can have the proper understanding of divorce law to make important decisions. Getting divorced is an emotional process and we always strive to ease the stress during this difficult situation. A divorce is also a financial process. The valuations, incomes and sums involved in property division, alimony and support should be carefully reviewed by someone like a Certified Public Accountant to insure accuracy, and to protect you from any attempt to hide assets or income.

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After reviewing the above if you have questions and need our assistance in a child support matter, please call us at (901) 756-7878 or use the contact form to the right.


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