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Child support in Tennessee is based on the "Income Shares" model, and the provisions are outlined in the Tennessee child support guidelines. A court may require health insurance coverage for each child of the marriage, with either party to pay all, or each party to pay a pro rata share of, the health care costs not paid by insurance proceeds. [TCA 36-5-501]. Child support is paid by the alternate residential parent to the primary residential parent in almost all cases. It is not ordered as a punishment, but rather as a payment that ensures children share in the resources of both parents.

A party's income is the primary variable in determining child support. Some of the factors that are considered when determining child support levels include:

  • Each parent's gross monthly income

  • Health insurance and medical care for the child

  • Costs of daycare

  • Tuition and education costs

  • The number of days each parent spends with the child during the month

  • Other minor children inside or outside of the home

In addition, Judges have broad discretion to award child support at levels that are in the best interest of children. Judges' views of child support guidelines and what is in the best interest of children can vary. We work closely with you to understand the needs of your children and work to get the support your children deserve.

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