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Payment for Private School Tuition Overturned

The Tennessee Court of Appeals recently considered a case where a father was ordered by a Trial Court to pay for private school tuition for a school he didn't want his daughter to attend, at double the cost of the school where he thought the child should be enrolled. read more...

Tennessee Restricts Judgments for Unpaid Child Support

Starting July 1st, 2017, a new law in Tennessee says that a judgment for unpaid child support can not go back farther than five years of missed payments. Child support arrearages limited Why would the legislature do this?   Shouldn’t deadbeat dads be required to support their children? ... read more...

Tennessee Restricts Interest on Child Support Arrearages

Tennessee passed a new law that eliminates interest on judgments for missed child support payments. Will this make things better? Maybe..... read more...

New Laws in Tennessee!

There are several new laws coming into effect in Tennessee that may be of interest to people involved in divorce, custody, or child support cases.   SB101 / HB90 Forgiving accrued principal and interest on child support. Previously, child support was a requirement and any unpaid support ... read more...
Judgment for Overpayment of Child Support

Judgment for Overpayment of Child Support

30 December, 2013 by Lawrence in child support
What happens if you're paying child support through Child Support Services of Tennessee and you discover that they have taken too much of your money? It used to be that the State would say that you've just made an involuntary gift to the other parent, and you should be happy for the ... read more...

Child Support Extended for Severely Disabled Adult Child

In an earlier post, I described how child support can be extended indefinitely for an adult child who became severely disabled before the age of 18.  I lamented that Tennessee law does not give us a definition of “severely disabled”, or any guidance whatsoever in the determination ... read more...

5 Reasons You Don’t Need a Prenuptial Agreement

I previously gave some reasons why engaged couples should consider a prenuptial agreement. Here, I'm going to share the most common reasons why people may choose not to have such an agreement. read more...

What is a Parenting Plan?

A parenting plan is a document that will describe how you and your spouse will share the parenting responsibilities, as well as define who will be making certain decisions, and paying expenses, among other matters. read more...

How Criminal Contempt Has Changed in Tennessee

Until recently, a person who had failed to pay his child support could very easily find himself in jail for up to six months. Our bloodlust for deadbeat dads had caused the government to do one of the things our founding fathers had feared the most: We were putting people in jail with little ... read more...

Civil Contempt, Criminal Contempt, and What it All Means

22 September, 2010 by Lawrence in child support, Contempt of Court
Contempt of court often comes up when somebody fails to pay their child support. There's no statute that makes failure to pay child support a criminal offense that requires jail time. So how does somebody end up behind bars for failure to pay? read more...