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Child support and wage garnishment

Child support is the leading cause of wage garnishment in the U.S. When a Tennessee parent does not comply with a court order for child support, he or she may face wage garnishment. Garnishments can create a major strain on employees who lose expected income.

DNA testing in child custody matters

When figuring out child custody matters, some Tennessee residents may be required to undergo DNA testing if questions about parentage exist. With very high accuracy rates, DNA testing can be used to secure child support from a father. A man who does not think he is a child's father could also use testing to relieve his support obligations.

The flaws inherent with child support calculators

If a Tennessee resident is going to use a child support calculator, he or she should understand that it is only an estimate. The calculator generally only incorporates basic information such as how much a parent makes each year in addition to taking other benefits into consideration. The calculator may also be flawed because it may be difficult for a parent to determine how much time is spent with a child.

Requesting a modification in child support

Tennessee parents who pay child support might need to have the amount modified if their financial situation changes adversely. This could happen because of an unexpected medical emergency or a job loss. However, parents who stop paying support will continue to owe arrears until a court has made the modification. These arrears cannot be discharged in bankruptcy. Therefore, a parent should make it a priority to request the modification. The parent might want to seek legal advice about how to do so.

How parents can create child support agreements

Tennessee parents who are getting a divorce come to a child support agreement in a variety of ways. In some cases, agreements may be made through informal talks between the parents on their own or with their respective attorneys present. However, it is also possible that agreements are made after taking part in mediation or other processes.

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.

Fathers who owe child support see their children less often

Noncustodial fathers in Tennessee and around the country tend to spend less time with their children when they fall behind on their child support payments, according to researchers from Cornell University and the nonprofit group Child Trends. About 30 percent of the noncustodial fathers they studied owed an average of $7,705 in back child support, and catching up could be difficult for them because the research also indicates that they work five fewer weeks each year than noncustodial fathers who are not behind on their payments.

The age of majority and back child support

Although laws regarding the collection of child support may vary across the country, both the states and the federal government consider the enforcement of child support orders to be a serious matter. Custodial parents who are finding it difficult to collect back child support in Tennessee or other jurisdictions for children who are nearing the age of majority may be interested in knowing that under certain circumstances, they may be entitled to receive payments until any accrued balance has been paid in full, even after the child has become emancipated.

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