How Does Tennessee Courts Calculate Imputed Income?
Tennessee court will try to determine a parent’s earning capacity using the following factors:
- The parent’s education or job training
- The parent’s employment history
- The parent’s previous income
- The parent’s ability to work
- Assets owned by the parent
- Additional education or job training
In the event of no reliable evidence of a parent’s income, the court will impute the income of at least $29,300 and $37,589 for female and male parents, respectively.
Modifying an Existing Arrangement
Child support payments aren’t set in stone. Under Tennessee laws, a child support arrangement can be modified if there’s a “significant variance” between the existing support order and the amount being requested (Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 1240-02-04-.05). The significant variance is usually a change of at least 15%. Scenarios that can cause you to change the existing child support arrangement include:
Change in Circumstances of the Parents: Such as remarriage, an increase or decrease in a parent’s income, change in parenting time, or change in the number of children a parent is legally responsible for.
Change in Circumstances of the Child(ren): Such as an increase in the child’s needs.
Termination of Child Support in Tennessee
The obligation to pay child support in Tennessee ends when:
- The child reaches age 18 years, or;
- Graduates from high school.
Also, child support in the state could end earlier if the child becomes emancipated. For instance, the child becomes employed, gets married, or quits school. An experienced child support lawyer can offer guidance on how to terminate child support in Tennessee.
How Legal Counsel Can Help
Child support arrangements in Tennessee can be very complicated. If you are trying to establish a child support arrangement or believe that circumstances have changed and you think your child support payments should be modified, consult with an experienced family law attorney immediately.
At the Law Offices of Fisher Wise, I have dedicated my career to handling matters related to child custody, child support, and divorce. As an experienced child support lawyer, I can help with every aspect of your child support arrangement process, including modification or termination. I will be your legal counsel and advocate throughout the entire child support process. Call me today to get the comprehensive legal guidance you need.