With the divorce rate at 50 percent, marriage does not have a lifetime guarantee. For many couples, divorce is necessary and between child support and child custody disputes, children are often put in the middle. Determining what to do with the children has cost many Tennessee residents a great deal of money and, for some dads, their father’s rights. For one Tennessee man, the decision came to this: child support or his house?
This Tennessee father had fallen behind on child support, owing the mother of his 16-year-old daughter $14,000 in back payments. Between keeping his things in a storage unit and living out of his car, the father has chosen to make major sacrifices in order to make up the payments. After living out of his car and selling his home, this man hopes to one day pay off all his child support and be closer to his daughter.
Child support has often been a major issue for many dads across the nation. Keeping up with payments and making ends meet has caused a lot of dads to make difficult sacrifices. In the state of Tennessee, child support is determined by a set of guidelines provided by the state. Judges will often follow the guidelines in order to determine how much is needed for the child, although they may deviate from the guidelines depending on the situation.
In some cases, fathers are unable to keep up with court-ordered child support payments. Factors such as unemployment or medical emergencies have hindered many dads from paying child support. Luckily, many parents seeking a modification in their child support payments may request one from the court. An attorney may help any Tennessee dad seeking to protect their fathers’ rights in court.
Source: Huffington Post, “Child Support: Tennessee Man Lives Out Of His Car To Make Payments,” May 16, 2013