Child support is used to pay for education expenses, food, shelter, clothing, and other needs. Regardless of whether you were married to your child’s other parent you, or they, are required to make financial contributions to your child’s needs. Child support is owed until your child turns 18 years old or graduates high school and it determined by the Tennessee Child Support Guidelines. Generally, the factors that are used to calculate child support are:
- The gross income of each parent
- Health insurance and certain healthcare costs for your child
- The amount of time each year the child spends with each parent
- Daycare Costs
- Other children for who each parent is financially responsible.
Even after a support order is entered, some parents either refuse or have difficulty contributing to the financial support of their children. If your ex-spouse or partner is failing to pay child support, you may need help enforcing the child support order. Your attorney, through a petition to the court, can assist you and your child or children in getting the support they need.