When a couple divorces, their dependent children can be greatly affected emotionally. Their day to day lives can change in regards to where they live, who they live with, where they attend school, and how frequently they see their non-custodial parent. As Nashville child support lawyers, we see firsthand how tough divorce is on the family. The last thing the children need is to have their lives compromised by the financial aspect of their parents’ split. As much as possible the law tries to keep the lives of these children free of financial burden so that as much routine as possible is retained and they can at least continue on with their normal educational and extracurricular activities.
Under Tennessee child support laws, it is required that children are supported by both parents. This means that in the case of divorce one spouse is court ordered to pay alimony and child support to the other. Failure to pay child support in Tennessee is a serious matter. In cases where the person failing to make payments has no financial problems limiting them from doing so there can be costly penalties and in some cases even jail time. In fact this past November 2012, Tennessee saw a case of the highest amount of child support ever owed by one individual in the country. A Tennessee man who allegedly failed to pay child support for 21 years was arrested by authorities on felony charges of grand theft against his children, owing them more than $600,000.
Keep you and your family out of trouble by laying out a child support strategy early in the divorce process. As experienced Nashville child support lawyers we recommend considering the following in your approach:
Familiarize yourself with the Tennessee Child Support Guidelines. Every detail matters so if you have questions regarding any of these guidelines make sure to contact your Nashville child support lawyers so that they can help you reach a better understanding.
Maximize the amount used for the other parent’s income. Because child support is largely calculated by both parents’ monthly gross income before taxes it’s important to not short change the amount of money your soon to be former spouse brings home as doing so might put you at a costly disadvantage.
Consider all extra expenses your children may need. It’s important to not only think about what your children need now but what your children will need along their journey towards adulthood. This includes everything from extracurricular activities to higher education and personal enrichment such as travel. Maybe you’ve already begun to set aside funds for this purpose but if you are having trouble thinking that far ahead Nashville child support lawyers are always helpful resources to consult with.
Make sure to calculate your children’s expenses as accurately as possible. To be extra prepared it may even be a good idea to use a child support calculator to see how different inputs (both high and low amounts) impact the final amount.
If you find yourself in a situation where your spouse is failing to pay child support or trying to deny you visitation rights, the Nashville child support lawyers of Cheatham, Palermo & Garrett can advise you of the various legal actions you can take. We are committed to helping you and your family continue on the road to a happy, healthy life full of opportunity.
The attorneys of Cheatham, Palermo & Garrett, are experienced in the interpretation and application of Tennessee family laws and have been committed to protecting the financial and parental rights of men and women in Franklin and throughout Middle Tennessee for more than 30 years. They bring a wealth of legal knowledge and experience to each case they handle, providing their clients with skilled representation in the areas of Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Prenuptial Agreements, Qualified Domestic Relations Orders, Music/Intellectual Property, and Juvenile Court.