Child Support

Child support issues can arise in different circumstances involving married and unmarried parents. The Law Office of James M. Marshall has experience in dealings with child support issues and can offer legal advice regarding establishing child support in a divorce or paternity action, enforcement of a current child support order, or modification of a child support order.

Child Support in Tennessee is calculated on a formula basis, taking into account both parents’ incomes, the number of days each parent has the child, as well as other factors such as the cost of health insurance, educational expenses, extra-curricular activities and work-related child care expenses which might affect the amount of child support that should be paid pursuant to the Tennessee Child Support Guidelines. At the Law Office of James M. Marshall, we examine all of these factors that influence this determination and assist our clients in making decisions that support a positive future for you and your children.

In Tennessee, the courts will consider a modification of a child support order where there is a significant variance between the Tennessee Child Support Guidelines and the current child support order. There are several factors that may create a significant variance justifying a modification of a child support order. Those factors might include:

  • Loss of employment
  • Change in the parenting schedule
  • Increase or decrease in either party’s income
  • Increase or decrease work-related child care
  • Increase or decrease in the cost of health insurance of the child
  • Special needs of the child

Nonpayment of child support is a serious matter in Tennessee. A parent’s failure to pay court ordered child support can necessitate an action for the enforcement of a child support order or even an action for contempt. Child support enforcement can lead to judgment liens, wage garnishments, or even jail time if the court finds the nonpayment of child support to be “willful”. The Law Office of James M. Marshall provides experienced advice based on your unique situation and helps you achieve a solution that meets the needs of you and your children.Nonpayment of child support is a serious matter in Tennessee. A parent’s failure to pay court ordered child support can necessitate an action for the enforcement of a child support order or even an action for contempt. Child support enforcement can lead to judgment liens, wage garnishments, or even jail time if the court finds the nonpayment of child support to be “willful”. The Law Office of James M. Marshall provides experienced advice based on your unique situation and helps you achieve a solution that meets the needs of you and your children.