Child Support

For most parents, nothing is more important than the well-being of their children, which is probably one reason why child custody laws are often so challenging, not to mention emotional.

At the Thomas Family Law, we understand that child and joint custody disputes and other related legal matters are often difficult to deal with, especially if you do not have experienced legal guidance by your side. Fortunately, we are here to help.

No matter the circumstances, we will carefully evaluate the facts of your child custody case and explain your legal options in terms you can understand and help you in granting custody. We want you to have the information you need to make informed legal decisions ― decisions that are right for you and your family. Let us use our experience to help you get the results you want and your family needs.

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Child Support

In Tennessee, child support is largely based on a set of predetermined Child Support Guidelines that are used to calculate payments using a child support worksheet. Importantly, these same guidelines apply regardless of whether the child's parents are seeking a divorce or if the child was born out of wedlock.

Since both parents are responsible for the financial support of their child under Tennessee law, the guidelines calculate child support based on the combined income of the parents, as well as the number of days each parent has parenting time with the child. In fact, the guidelines consider all sources of income for both parents, including salaries, bonuses, overtime pay, severance pay, pensions or retirement plans and income from trusts or annuities.

How much is child support in Mississippi? By comparison, child support calculations in Mississippi do not take into account the income of the recipient spouse. Instead, courts determine child support based on a percentage of the payor's income only.


In most cases in Tennessee, the custodial parent ― also known as the primary residential parent ― will receive support payments from the noncustodial parent ― or alternate residential parent. This is primarily due to the assumption that the custodial parent is already spending significant amounts of money since he or she is caring for the child most of the time.

While the court will typically order the child support calculations established using the guidelines and child support worksheet, it can deviate from this amount and make certain adjustments, but only in very limited situations. In addition, a court can order a modification to an existing child support order when the circumstances warrant such a move. However, navigating these various laws can be difficult, especially if you do not have the assistance of an attorney.

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