When couples have children and the relationship doesn't work out, both parents still need to care for the children until they turn 18. This is called child support, and involves the noncustodial parent giving money to the custodial parent to pay for necessities such food, clothing, housing, and medical insurance. Child support may also be ordered for educational needs, athletics, and excessive medical or dental expenses.
Child support is calculated based on the income of both parents, as well as the time spent with the child and any other children the noncustodial parent may have. Tennessee uses an online child support payment system that allows both parents to see payments, so there should be no issue with payments not being received.
Child support continues until the child is 18 years old, marries, or joins the military. Child support also ends if the child becomes emancipated. Learn more about the requirements and guidelines by calling our Clarksville family law attorneys at (931) 563-9057.
While child support is an obligation, many parents try to avoid it. If you are a custodial parent who has not been regularly paid the child support you are owed, we can help. Child support is enforced in many ways, and we can make sure that the noncustodial pays their fair share.
For help getting the child support you need to care for your children, contact Hibbeler & Associates at (931) 563-9057 for a free initial consultation.