Tennessee makes updates to child support laws

| Jan 13, 2021 | Family Law |

A better life for children is the goal of child support ordered during a divorce. Tennessee residents may learn more about recent updates to the law regarding child support. These important changes reflect the situation of divorced parents at present, as the previous law needed changes to help both the parents and children of divorced families.

Those who are or have been in criminal cases will also want to know of the changes as it might affect their child support. According to the Tennessee Department of Human Services, these are the first major changes since 2005.

An incarcerated parent has rights

If you receive a sentence or are currently serving more than 180 days of incarceration, you have the right to request a modification of your child support order if you are not the custodial parent. Your criminal record may determine your income if there is no other evidence to use in child support calculations.

Vision, health and dental care inclusion

Credit is now allowable for care, that includes payment for vision, health and dental by stepparents, in the calculations of child support. There will now be a minimum of $100 in child support if you don’t have custody, but certain circumstances are given consideration. An attorney versed in family law may be helpful.

You can view an estimate of your child support payments

If you have an iPhone, you can see an estimate of your new child support payments by downloading an app; the app is available in the Apple store. Search “Child Support Calculator of TN.”

If you are facing divorce and need help with child support or other family law issues, it is smart to contact an attorney who may offer you personal attention to help resolve your situation and answer your questions. The right amount of child support is important to your children as well as your own peace of mind.