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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...

How is Child Support Calculated?

Gone are the days when child support payments were calculated by simply taking a percentage of the payer's income. Tennessee (like many states) has adopted the "income shares" model for calculating child support payments. The process has become so complicated that Tennessee provides a ... read more...

Misguided Child Support Enforcement – Part 2

The story I'm about to tell you is my favorite example of how goofy our child support laws can be. Read it and tell me what you think. read more...

Misguided Child Support Enforcement – Part 1

28 December, 2009 by Lawrence in child support
A guy called me from one of the New England states because he had been sued by the Tennessee Child Support Services. The child support order required him to pay a certain amount of child support to his son's mother in weekly installments. In order to make his life easier, he was paying a full ... read more...

Why You Shouldn’t Pay Child Support Ahead of Schedule

22 December, 2009 by Lawrence in child support, Divorce
If you are paying child support to the Child Support Receiving Unit and you love staying out of jail, you need to read this post. This is a perfect example of how no good deed will go unpunished. read more...

Less Than Half of Single Parents Receive Full Child Support

2 December, 2009 by Lawrence in child support
53.2 percent of parents who are supposed to be receiving child support are not receiving the full amount they are due. 23.7 percent aren't receiving child support at all. What can you do about this? read more...

I Got a Girl Pregnant, What Should I Do?

17 November, 2009 by Lawrence in Child Custody & Visitation
This question comes up most often in the case where a casual encounter leads to a pregnancy, and the mother of this child is not anxious to let the father see or spend time with the child. If your situation is anything like this, there are some steps you can take, and there are also some ... read more...

Khloe and Lamar Reach Prenuptial Agreement

The subject of prenuptial (also called an antenuptial) agreeements certainly make for good entertainment in sitcoms and tablids. While many people think they know what a "prenup" is and how one works, misconceptions about. I'm going to give you a quick summary of how these agreements work in ... read more...

Letterman May be Facing Divorce

As could have been predicted, rumors are that Letterman's wife wants a divorce. If so, I'll be watching with interest as his case would touch on a couple of issues I've written about recently. I had written about whether or not Hugh Hefner's wife could use "adultery" as grounds, and I've ... read more...

How to Change Custody in Tennessee

The courts in Tennessee follow a two step process when considering whether to modify your Parenting Plan.  First, the judge must find there has been a material change in circumstances.  Then, the court must find that a change in the Parenting Plan is in the best interests of the children. This ... read more...