How is Child Support Calculated?

In divorce, child custody, and parenting plan modification cases, calculating child support is often one of the easiest things to do.

The State of Tennessee issues what is called the “Tennessee Child Support Guidelines” which lead to the creation of the Tennessee Child Support Worksheet. The Guidelines set out the rules around Child Support. The Worksheet actually helps calculate the support amount. You can view each at the following links:

This fillable worksheet takes in the following from each parent: gross monthly income, any expenses for work related child care, routine insurance for the children, and other various expenses that you may incur monthly.

It is important to note that the Child Support Worksheet also allows for credit to be given to parents who have minor children living in their home from other relationships.

While it may appear to be straightforward, the worksheet can be complex and may involve intensive research. The assistance of an experienced and knowledgeable attorney can make all the difference in setting the right child support figure, making sure that all expenses are in there, and making sure that credit is given where credit is due.

If you or anyone in your family are either facing a divorce with children, establishing paternity, or modifying an existing parenting plan, give Scott and Chase a call for a free consultation and advice on the paths forward to help achieve what you want.

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