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Should your ex should be paying more for child support?

On Behalf of | Feb 16, 2024 | Blog, Child Support

Child support is an important aspect of ensuring the well-being of children after a separation or divorce. In Tennessee, like in many states, various factors determine child support payments. They include the income of both parents and the needs of the child.

However, circumstances can change, leading one to question whether an ex should be paying more for child support.

Financial changes

One primary reason to reconsider child support payments is a significant change in financial circumstances. If your ex experienced an increase in income since the original child support agreement, it may be appropriate to revisit the amount they are paying. Tennessee law allows for modifications to child support orders if there has been a substantial and material change in circumstances.

If you lose your job, it is possible your ex could pay more in child support. It depends on the specific circumstances of your case and the decision of the court. Approach the situation with transparency and honesty. A willingness to prioritize the best interests of the child goes a long way.

The needs of the child

Another factor is an increase in the needs of the child. As children grow older, their expenses may rise, especially concerning education, extracurricular activities or medical needs.

Parental responsibilities

Assess the level of parental responsibility each parent has. If one parent is shouldering a more substantial burden of childcare responsibilities or if the child spends more time with one parent, the financial contribution of each parent may need reassessment.

It is important to approach these matters thoughtfully. Presenting clear evidence of any changes in circumstances and advocating for the best interests of the child is necessary.