If you and your child's other parent aren't married and/or they are not contributing to the child's support, you have the right to seek child support payments. That, however, can be easier said than done if you do not know the other parent's whereabouts. But that does not mean that the door to support remains closed to you. In fact, you owe it to your child to seek support so that you can provide for your child the best life that you can.
Divorced parents who are paying child support may yearn for the day when they are no longer obliged to shell out support money each month. That day can vary, depending on where you live and other factors.
It is impossible to overstate how wrong it is to use funds meant solely for child support to cover a parent's personal luxuries or even their own needs. Child support is specifically for the children of divorce, and no other use of these funds is permitted.
What does in-kind child support mean? Essentially, it means that noncustodial parents, traditionally fathers, provide their children with food and necessities in lieu of or in addition to traditional child support payments.
Regardless of which side of the prison bars a parent is on, incarceration leads to huge child support problems for Tennessee families. If a noncustodial parent ends up in prison, it is a good bet that he or she will not be able to pay child support. This means three major things:
Child support through college is a complicated issue in the realm of family law. The complexity arises because in most states, including Tennessee, a child 18-years-old or older is a legal adult. At this point in the life of a child of divorce, the noncustodial parent is typically relieved of his or her legal obligation to support the child.
Surprisingly, parents in Tennessee rarely talk to their kids about child support during or after divorce. It can be a difficult subject to broach in some cases. Often, parents simply do not think about starting such a conversation. Because child support has a direct affect on children of divorce, they deserve to know more about the process. They may also benefit from knowing why support is necessary.
Despite receiving a court order to make child support payments, some parents still do not step up financially. There are many reasons child support goes unpaid, some of them valid and easy to understand. However, no reason absolves a parent of his or her duty to pay for the care and support of a child.
To put it mildly, it is a challenge to provide for the children of today's modern world. Expenses are high and children have many basic needs that you must address. As a family-operated law firm, we understand the financial issues associated with raising children in Tennessee on both a professional and personal level.
Getting a divorce is often overwhelming despite the support our family and friends offer. Getting a divorce with dependent children makes the event even more traumatic. The good news is that it will be over one day, leaving all involved free to make a fresh start.