Tennessee Divorce Guide

Child Support

Tennessee child support laws and the Child supportfamily courts that apply them provide for minor children of a marriage in most any way they deem appropriate. A weekly, monthly or semi-monthly child support payment is possible. A person’s income can be attached by the court if support payments are not paid.

  • If one has one child, 20% of his or her net income would be deducted
  • Two children – Twenty five percent is deducted
  • If the obligor has three children, then 30% of the net income is deducted
  • Four or five children, and the deductions would be 35% and 40% of the net income respectively
  • Six children or more, and the obligor would pay over 40%

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Support payments can be ordered paid directly to the spouse or to the clerk of the court. The parents may not make changes to the court ordered child support unless approved by the court. This prevents coercion or intimidation. Enforcement includes intercepting IRS tax refund checks, reporting to the credit bureau, intercepting unemployment benefits, and the denial of passport rights. Suspension of drivers licenses and liens on property can also be used as an enforcement tool.

Tennessee further enforces collection of delinquent child support payments by reporting to the credit bureau, intercepting unemployment benefits, and the denial of passport rights. If you have any questions or need assistance, you can go to or call the Tennessee Department of Human Services.

State courts will order an immediate assignment of the obligor’s income, regardless of whether the payor is currently making payments or not. The sole method to avoid this income assignment is by mutual agreement by the parents, and having that agreement approved by the court. The duty of child support will continue until the child graduates from high school or the class of which the child is a member when the child attains 18 years of age graduates, whichever occurs first. In cases where a child is handicapped, child support can be extended to age 21, or beyond.

If there is a chance your Ex will try to manipulate you or the kids with the visitation schedule, put an on-line Parenting Plan in place. Nothing stops the game-playing like a schedule in black and white. Simply tell your Ex that in order for the schedule to be changed, it must be discussed and agreed to; otherwise it is not changing.

[Tennessee Code – Volume 6A, Title 36, Sections 36-4-101 and 36-4-501]

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