When a married couple in Tennessee decides to file for divorce, there are a number of issues that must be considered, addressed and decided upon. For example, how should a couple's assets and debts be divided? What about child custody and support decisions? Is one spouse planning to file for alimony? By the time a divorce is finalized, a divorcing couple has either come to an agreement about these issues one their own outside of court or has turned to the courts to consider and make decisions related to these issues.
When it comes to seeking child support from a non-custodial parent, many aren't sure where to begin. Factually speaking, child support is described as financial support from a parent that is not the primary custodial parent. Some may be misinformed that child support can only cover basic necessities like food or clothing. In reality, there are many expenses related to rearing a child that can be covered by Tennessee court-ordered child support.
The point of seeking child support from a child's parent is to get financial support for the benefit of the child. Financial support can benefit a child of unwed parents in so many ways. It can go toward purchasing healthy food for dinner, school costs, extracurricular activities or anything that will help a child to prosper and grow. This is what makes not receiving Tennessee court-ordered child support so difficult. Unpaid child support represents all the opportunities a child could have had, if only the child support payments were made by the non-custodial parent.
The love and support of a parent are some of the most influential aspects of a child's life. Depending on the amount of physical, emotional and financial support a child receives from their parent, it can set the stage for the rest of their life. Much of that support comes in the form of financial support in order to provide necessities a child needs to grow and thrive. For this reason, many unmarried Tennessee parents decide to seek child support from a non-custodial parent.
As a newly single parent you may be wondering what lies ahead as far as child support and child custody arrangements. The answer is that it depends. Assuming that both parents are involved in the child's life, one parent will be court ordered to pay child support while the other spouse will receive primary custody. How much child support is owed will vary depending on a variety of factors. To learn more about the key factors, keep reading.
As discussed in our last blog post, child support payments are very important for the health and well-being of the child. The court orders child support payments in situations where the custodial parent is in need of child support payments from the other parent in order to best financially support the child. This can be for many reasons, either need based, based upon the number of children etc. Any parent that is obligated to pay child support payments must to pay according to their divorce decree.
If you have children and are in the midst of a divorce with your spouse; it is likely that you have many questions. Although parents of children are concerned about their own well-being during this time of change, many parents have questions about their children and how the divorce will affect them. Many Montgomery county parents find that joint custody is a great option for parents who have decided to split. Sometimes one parent owes the other parent child support payments due to a child custody arrangement.
For some parents, it is a real struggle to find stable employment either during or after a divorce. Oftentimes, a parent's lack of a permanent job becomes a hurdle to paying child support, but also to obtaining child custody of their children. For this reason, the University of Tennessee has decided to reach out and try to break down this hurdle that stands between healthy parent-child relationships. Their aim is to reunite Tennessee families who have been separated by divorce.
Paying child support on time is not only important for the child's well-being but according to Tennessee and federal laws, child support delinquency is a serious offense as well. However, many people face issues related to child support because they are not fully aware of the process. In an earlier post, it was stated that a family that receives Families First support can also receive child support through the Department of Human Services.
Divorce is often extremely difficult on children. This is true everywhere in the country, including in Tennessee. When their parents are at odds with each other, the children often feel insecure and unhappy. The children also worry about various aspects of their future in a divorce situation. Hence, in the best interest of the child, Tennessee courts typically ask the non-custodial parent to pay child support. It is mandatory to pay child support in the United States.