Protecting your rights during child support proceedings is important in Tennessee. With the help of the Integrity Law Firm, PLLC, you can ensure that you get the support or pay the amount of support you should. In the State of Tennessee, we use the income shares models that use both parents’ incomes and different factors to establish a fair and equitable support obligation. However, sometimes these cases aren’t straightforward. This is especially true when one parent may try to conceal or minimize their income. This is when our experienced child support attorney can come into play and help you get an accurate child support termination.
Both biological parents have the obligation by law to provide financial support for their children. For noncustodial parents, this is usually child support that is paid until the child turns 18 or graduates from high school, whichever occurs last. In the State of Tennessee, courts are required to use state child support guidelines to determine an accurate obligation.
Separating or divorcing parents are free to negotiate child support payments freely. A Tennessee court may also choose to stray away from regular guidelines if one or more of the children has special education needs or medical needs. In these instances, the obligee parents (the one being paid) must be able to provide these expenses and needs. The court may also exercise discretion to underemployed or unemployed parents. Having a professional child support lawyer by your side helps ensure that you get an accurate judgment or a fair judgment if you’re responsible to pay child support to the parent of your child or children.
Failing to pay child support in Tennessee and any other state is a civil or criminal contempt of court. This can lead to incarceration. There are other state and federal penalties for not paying too. Whether you can’t pay or feel you have an unfair child support judgment, you must hire a legal professional that can advocate for you and keep the court notified of any changes with your income.
When you need to discuss a family law manner such as child support, call our law office to schedule a consultation. We can help you with initial determinations or modifications. When you’re suing or being sued for child support, the legal professionals at The Integrity Law Firm, PLLC can help. We serve all of Chattanooga, Red Bank, Soddy-Daisy, East Ridge, Collegedale, Hixson, Ooltewah, Lookout Mountain, Signal Mountain, and Harrison, TN. Call 423-498-5001 today to learn more about what legal services we offer.