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Child support and garnishments in Tennessee

If someone is obligated to pay child support, it is essential that they keep up with their payments. This is because there are a number of types of income that can be garnished to pay back child support. Along with someone's regular wages, a person's disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income can be garnished if they aren't making child support payments on time.

If someone develops a medical condition or is injured in such a way that they become disabled, they may be eligible for disability benefits. Alternatively, people with a low income who are disabled may be able to collect SSI. These types of benefits are usually protected to ensure that someone with a disability is able to live off the income they provide.

For instance, SSI benefits generally cannot be garnished to pay debts or taxes. However, the state takes child support very seriously since many single parents rely on it to be able to raise their children. As a result, both types of benefits may be used to pay child support that is owed to a custodial parent. Garnishments may take place even if it may cause a person to struggle to have enough money to live on.

In some cases, a person's situation changes dramatically after a divorce. If an individual has been ordered to pay child support by the court or agreed to do so during a mediated divorce, they may be able to have their obligations reduced temporarily or permanently depending on what has changed. A significant reduction in a person's income may allow a person to petition successfully for a child support modification, and a lawyer could help someone determine if they may be able to do so.

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