Tennessee Child Support Laws

Tennessee Child Support Laws.  In Tennessee, child support laws are included in Tennessee state statutes, case law, and Rules promulgated by the TDHS, called the “Guidelines.”  Current as of 2012 and 2013.

Tennessee child support laws

Tennessee child support laws

Tennessee Child Support Laws in 2012 and 2013

In Tennessee child support laws, children must be supported by both parents.  Congress requires each state to have a child support program.  In Tennessee, the Department of Human Services (DHS) administers the child support program and promulgates rules.  In Tennessee, those rules are called the Tennessee Child Support Guidelines.  Every few years, the Guidelines are reissued.  The last was in 2008, so we are likely due a new set of Guidelines soon although no major changes are expected. The Guidelines are applied as law by all courts in Tennessee divorce law. The “Income Shares Model” describes that effective January 2005, both parents’ income is considered in determining child support.

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For more in-depth commentary, analysis, current updates, and Tennessee case law summaries about Tennessee child support laws and specific provisions within the Tennessee child support guidelines, view our Tennessee Child Support section of our MemphisDivorce.com Tennessee Family Law Blog.

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