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Changing child support in Tennessee

Divorced and separated parents in Tennessee often have concerns about child support payments. These concerns are sometimes triggered by changes in the circumstances of either parent as well as the child. In such cases, either the court or a government agency, such as the Department of Human Services or local child support office, may be willing to order a child support modification.

Child support modification orders may be the result of a significant change in a parent's income. If a parent becomes unemployed, gets a raise or has to take a pay cut, a change in the amount of child support may be in order.

Other situations in which a child support modification order may be appropriate are those in which a child becomes emancipated or disabled. In such cases, the amount of support would be altered accordingly.

When a parent submits a request for modification, the court or agency handling the request will require both parents to document their current income. Tennessee has its ownchild support guidelines, and these will be used in determining whether a modification is appropriate.

Parents who are requesting changes in child support, or who are paying child support and become aware of a modification request, may benefit from speaking with an experienced family law attorney. The attorney may be able to review the request, as well as the financial circumstances of both parties. In some situations, the attorney may also be able to assist in the preparation of documentation required in the case. If the modification is inappropriate or unreasonable, the attorney may be able to take action on behalf of his or her client and negotiate a more reasonable modification.

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