When does Tennessee child support end for a parent of one child?


Tennessee child support ends at what age?  When is Tennessee child support termination?  When can I quit paying child support? When does Tennessee child support end for a parent of one child?  When do you stop paying child support in Tennessee?

A parent’s child support obligation to pay child support stops when the child reaches age 18 or graduates with his or her regularly scheduled high school, whichever occurs second. Specifically, regarding child support termination, T.C.A. Section 34-1-102(b) reads as follows:

Parents shall continue to be responsible for the support of each child for whom they are responsible after the child reaches eighteen (18) years of age if the child is in high school. The duty of support shall continue until the child graduates from high school or the class of which the child is a member when the child attains eighteen (18) years of age graduates, whichever occurs first.

The Tennessee Child Support Guidelines direct that support be paid for a child, who is defined as follows:

(7) “Child” — “Child” includes the plural “children,” and “children” includes the singular “child,” where the context requires. For purposes of this chapter, “child” means:

(a) A person, not otherwise emancipated, who is less than eighteen (18) years of age or a person who reaches eighteen (18) years while in high school until the person graduates from high school or until the class of which the person is a member when the person attains eighteen (18) years of age graduates, whichever occurs last; or

(b) A person who is disabled pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated § 36-5-101(k).

Tennessee Child Support Guidelines, Rule 1240-2-4-.02.

To avoid confusion as well as future disputes, any arrearage owed should be reduced to judgment and a repayment plan recorded in a court order. If there is no arrearage owed, then the modified child support order should reflect that, too. Termination of the order and any change to the child support order must be approved by, and entered as, an order with the court.

If you have more than one child, see When can I reduce my Tennessee child support with more than one child?

 

ENDING CHILD SUPPORT AT HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION, TURNING 18, OR EMANCIPATION

How do I stop paying child support legally?  How do I avoid paying child support legally?

As described above, the obligation to pay child support continues until a child reaches age 18 or the class of which the child is a member when the child attains eighteen (18) years of age graduates, whichever occurs second. The only exceptions are: 1) emancipation by a court order; 2) if parental rights are terminated by an action of the State of Tennessee; or 3) there is an adoption, usually by a step-parent.

What do I need to do to stop paying child support for grown children in Tennessee?

Most experienced Tennessee family lawyers agree with the Tennessee Court of Appeals which recommends parents owing child support that, at the appropriate time, they should file a petition to terminate child support seeking a court order stating that child support is no longer owed as of the appropriate date (often high school graduation or the child’s 18th birthday). In the best case situation, a parent’s lawyer can reach an agreement with the other parent stating that child support is no longer owed and, when applicable, no arrears or back child support is owed. Once the agreement is put in its proper form and signed by the judge as a court order, the court order memorializes the termination of support. This court order can be used to avoid a claim years later that child support is still owed.

What about child support arrears?

At the time of termination of child support, if arrears and back child support are owed, most experienced Tennessee family lawyers will still recommend filing an action to terminate child support. In this way, if there is a dispute about the amount of arrears (back child support), then it can be resolved for both parents sooner rather than later.

Do I owe back child support after 18 in Tennessee?

Even after a child reaches 18, back child support is owed until paid in Tennessee. As of several years ago, the statute of limitations on Tennessee child support was revoked.

Can I get a TN child support repayment plan I can afford?

There can be a court-ordered determination of arrears to be paid monthly, essentially a repayment plan. In most cases, the court will approve an agreed upon amount to be repaid monthly. But if the parents cannot agree, then the court can determine how much back child support must be paid monthly.

Should I go to Court now or later?

Solving the problem of how much child support is owed when it is now years into the future can be asking for trouble. The worst thing possible is trying to go to court years later when one or both parents have lost, or no longer have, the needed payment documentation. Often the burden is placed on the parent who owes support to prove that child support was actually paid. Parents who owe child support are almost always better off making sure that the record is accurate and clear. In other words, the parent who owes child support cannot go wrong by making sure that “what is owed when” is reduced to a court order.

What is emancipation in Tennessee?

Emancipation is the relinquishment of parental authority over the child and the termination of the parent’s legal duty to support the child. Essentially, an emancipation means that a minor is given the rights of an 18-year-old adult by a Tennessee Chancery Court and will be recognized as an adult for all legal purposes. These rights include entering into contractual agreements, seeking employment, and filing civil suits against others.

Emancipation can be sought by the parents, a legal guardian, or the minor himself or herself. Emancipation is granted by the chancery court, which has the power to remove the disabilities of minority. A Tennessee Chancellor has discretion to grant the minor seeking emancipation full rights of majority or limited rights for a narrow, specified purpose.

What is the age of emancipation in Tennessee?

There is no set age limit for emancipation. The question of whether a minor is mature enough to be emancipated from parental control is a question left up to the courts. Emancipation is fact-dependent. However, emancipation may be inferred from the fact that the child is earning his own way and spending his own money as he pleases. Whether a minor has been emancipated is usually a question that depends upon each unique situation.

Is emancipation the same thing as the age of majority in Tennessee?

Not quite. Once a minor turns 18, the age of majority in Tennessee, he or she is deemed to be emancipated. But a minor can become emancipated before reaching the age of majority.

In Tennessee, is child support owed after a child is emancipated?

No. Child support is not owed to an emancipated child because emancipation relinquishes the parent’s legal duty to support the child. A parent may have a duty to continue paying child support if the child has turned 18, but is still finishing high school. In such a case, the parent’s support obligation continues until the 18-year-old child either graduates high school or the class of which the child is a member graduates, whichever occurs first.

Is a person emancipated if they marry before reaching the age of majority?

Yes. Marriage acts as full emancipation of a minor child.

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

Hi, this is Miles Mason.  This Tennessee child support answer is for our family law and divorce clients and friends in Memphis, Germantown, Collierville, Tennessee and the surrounding area.  The obligation to pay child support ends when that child reaches 18 or graduates with his or her high school class, whichever occurs second.  So, keep a copy of the high school graduation brochure.  Although it is not legally required to obtain an order terminating child support, we recommend parents do so for two important reasons.  First, obtaining an order absolutely prevents any future questions from ever arising about when a parent was supposed to quit paying child support.  Second, parents can document in the order that no arrearages are owed.  Or, if arrearages are owed, the parents can document exactly how and when the arrearages will be paid.  You can start the process to obtain the order a month or so before graduation or when the child turns 18, whichever occurs last.

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138 comments


  • Child support ends the month of her 18th birthday because it is the second event after graduation. Most parents will pay a full month of support for that month in order to avoid a claim that support remains unpaid. Plus, child support is due at the beginning of each month unless otherwise stated in a court order.

    Miles Mason, Sr.
    Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC, Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. MemphisDivorce.com. We aim to be your best option for finding a Memphis divorce lawyer, Germantown divorce lawyer, or Collierville divorce lawyer.
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    June 13, 2012
  • Reggie

    My child turned 18 May 17, 2012 and graduated May 21, 2012. Child support division took $519 from my taxes in Feb. 2012 and is holding it. They then said I owed an additional $143 for the remainder of May 2012. They have since started garnishing my wages AGAIN because they say they will continue to collect payment for the $519 (which they already have) and the $143 (amount to finish off the remainder of May 2012) They stated that they would refund me the $519 after 6 months (when the case is officially closed) I am wondering two things. 1) Why does it take so long for them to close the case when they have all the information on date of birth and graduation date. 2) Why are they TAKING $519 from me when they already have it (somewhere in sombody’s bank) just sitting there. Why does my current household have to suffer because they will be removing MORE money from my check when they already have it sitting there in their possession?

    August 31, 2012
    • I understand your frustration. You should take all of your paperwork to an experienced family lawyer to review. Without reviewing the detail, there is no way to advise you. Miles

      January 22, 2013
  • If your child turns 18 in Feb. and is in school but does not have enough credits to graduate in May and is working a part time job when does it end?

    March 28, 2013
    • Child support ends with the second event of turning 18 and the graduation of the regularly scheduled class. So, technically, the answer would be when that class graduates. However, depending on the particlar circumstances of your situation, a judge could rule differently if presented with a legal or equitable reason for the delay. Talk to an experienced family lawyer. Share the facts of your particular situation and get advice you can rely on.

      March 29, 2013
  • N

    If child graduated early in Dec. and turns 18 in May will child support terminate on 18th Birthday, even though the rest of the class does not graduate until the end of May? If ordered to pay until child is 18 yrs or no longer full time college student, is there a timeframe between graduation of high school and when child actually goes to college?

    April 01, 2013
    • Child support is due through age 18, even if the child has graduated high school. In Tennessee, when the duty to support ends, it ends. There is no support due following graduation and being 18. Any future support is a gift from either parent.

      April 14, 2013
  • David Storms

    What happens if the child is 18 should be graduating this month but my ex wife claims “he needs to take more classes this next year” therefore won’t be graduating. At what point does child support end?? He can’t stay in school forever. My decree only states till he is 18 or graduates.

    May 06, 2013
    • T.C.A. Section 34-1-102(b) reads: “Parents shall continue to be responsible for the support of each child for whom they are responsible after the child reaches eighteen (18) years of age if the child is in high school. The duty of support shall continue until the child graduates from high school or the class of which the child is a member when the child attains eighteen (18) years of age graduates, whichever occurs first.” Based on your question, it seems the child support should end when the class graduates.

      May 07, 2013
  • My wife now gets no child support as she filed an agreed order that her Ex husband (attorney) changed the word “suspend” child support, to “terminate”, child support payments . They never met the agreed order filing requirements by submitting the required worksheets “(iv) the parties voluntarily agreeing to modify support in compliance with the Guidelines and submitting the completed worksheets with the agreed order;” and the Judge never documented the written findings to support the deviation from the court ordered child support. How can this be overturned ? Per child support Human services Guidlines this should have never been signed off in Davidson county by any Judge as the worksheets were never submitted with the agreed order, The EX is now trying to claim full custody with no basis, other than promising to the child can go to private school , “just started there 2 years ago” and he wants my wife to pay for private school for the next 3 years as well. He moved the paperwork for filing to Williamson county and is going to make her go to mediation. Doesn’t both Parties have to fill out the BCCO or Child support worksheet to modify Child support obligations or terminate them?

    May 25, 2013
    • Those are all great questions. I would love to answer your questions, but I would be just guessing. Your questions aren’t simple. You need to consult with a very experienced family lawyer and the lawyer may need to really study the pleadings and speak with your wife at length about what happened when.

      May 25, 2013
  • Ash

    As I understand the law, if a child were projected to graduate this year and their birthday comes after May the parent would pay until he or she turned 18? This particular person has been held back by the mother and is now 2 years behind. Does that mean the parent will pay until he or she graduates? Even though it is not with his or her projected class? That seems like that would be adult support considering he or she will almost be 20 when they graduate.

    August 22, 2013
    • As always, discuss you particular situation with an experienced family lawyer. But, the statute says graduates with “the class of which the child is a member when the child attains eighteen (18) years of age graduates, whichever occurs first.” To me, that means what it says. BUT, talk with a lawyer about why and when the child was held back. That may or may not matter to a judge. With family law, in all states, many judges will not punish a child by withholding support even if a parent acted wrongly or exercised poor judgment.

      August 25, 2013
  • I have payed child support for the past 15 years to Tennessee which ten sent it to New Jersey. Over 2 years ago my child turned 18 and graduated high school and my employer received a notice to stop with holding, I received same letter at my residence, 3weeks ago I received a letter from New Jersey stating my financial accounts will be frozen for arrears. New Jersey ( where my child resided) states there is no current order and I owe no money. Now I find out that after two year of New Jersey requesting information from Tennessee they have finally sent an order for the case to be closed but it is to be officially closed April of 2013. I have not received any letter or notification from Tennessee in over two years. Can the child support department be that screwed up in Tennessee

    August 28, 2013
    • The question posed asks if the State of Tennessee child support receipting unit is apt to be mistaken about a child support arrearage? Certainly, it is possible. But, what should a parent do? Faced with similar situations in the past, I have recommended that parents considering hiring an attorney in Tennessee and/or the other state. The first thing a lawyer needs to do is read ALL court orders and administrative determinations. Sometimes even getting complete files can be challenging. From there, determine if something can be done administratively or if a formal court action need be filed. If so, where? This can be exceptionally frustrating but highlights the importance of making sure the court’s and administrative files are complete and accurate at all times.

      September 24, 2013
  • My child will turn 18yrs old November 3, 2013 but she is yet in high school a Senior graduates 6/1/2014. Isn’t she to continue receiving child support with proper document sent in from high school stating student grad. date 6/2014 being the exception to continue receiving pass age 18. If she continues on to college can see still receive support till 21 years old?

    October 22, 2013
    • By state statute, child support should continue until graduation with the scheduled class. See above. No, Tennessee law does not provide for child support past that time. Other states do, but Tennessee does not. See our other pages about college tuition and situations in which parents agree to pay for college expenses. Absent an agreement at the time of divorce, parents are not obligated to pay for college.

      October 22, 2013
  • I had temporary custody of my daughter when her mom neglected her and put her out, the court’s gave me temporary custody of her , when we went back to court she told the judge she wanted to continue to live with me, I had her in school for 12 months, she ended up leaving my house to go back with her mom when she dropped out of school, the hole time I had her in my house I was still paying child support how is that, when I presented the matter to Tennessee child support their giving me the run around because they would owe me, I’ve taken custody papers from the court’s school records what else is their to do my daughter is just about twenty years old and I’m still paying please help.

    December 12, 2013
    • In order to obtain the appropriate legal advice, you really need to see an experienced family lawyer in your area, discuss your situation, and let the lawyer review the court orders.

      January 09, 2014
  • I am a non-custodial parent and pay child support for my son who graduates in May and turns 18 in August. The parenting plan states that I will receive the tax exemption for my son each year. My ex was assigned $0 income in the support worksheet, so I pay 100% of the support for my son. My question is, for this last year of the PP in which I will pay 9 months of child support in 2013 (100% of the designated support for my son over that time) will my Ex be obligated to provide the 8332 form by the Feb 15th, 2015 deadline? It would seem since 9 months of the year is more than 50% of his support, that I should be able to claim him as stated in the parenting plan – however, my Ex’s obligation to provide the form does not occur until after the PP obligation has ended. My Ex states she will claim him since he will have lived with her more than half-time, and the PP is no longer valid after August 2013.

    December 29, 2013
    • That’s a difficult question. Not to dodge it, but I would seek the counsel of a very experienced Certified Public Accountant (CPA) first. Then, let the CPA give you questions to ask your lawyer. The lawyer will need to review your paperwork and know what the CPA said.

      January 09, 2014
  • The child I am paying child support for was arrested and will be put in jail for up to 15 years. He will turn 18 in September. How does this affect the payments I am paying now? I have not been able to find any information
    about this.

    January 02, 2014
    • See a lawyer. Every case is unique. That being said, in Tennessee, a court order is a court order. The court order must be complied with until it is modified or vacated. You may be able to have child support modified based on the apparent emancipation of the child. This may depend on the judge hearing the matter.

      January 09, 2014
  • I currently have child support taken automatically out of my check bi-weekly. My child lives in Memphis and will turn 18 this November, but will not graduate high school until May 2015. I live in Indiana and work in Kentucky. Will the automatic deductions from my check stop when he graduates or do I need to take some sort of action??

    January 09, 2014
    • It depends on many factors. First, is the information possessed by the states of Tennessee and Kentucky correct? Second, do you owe an arrearage? If an arrearage is owed, odds are that the automatic deductions will continue. Don’t respond to these questions here, they are rhetorical. If you don’t know, I strongly recommend engaging an experienced family lawyer to review your paperwork (court orders and documents available from the child support receipting units). I can tell you it can take several weeks or even months to fix a problem if you start this after child support is no longer owed and the automatic deductions keep going due to a math error or an error in posting.

      January 12, 2014
  • My son graduates in May 2014, he will turn 18 in June so I’m aware that I have to pay through June. Once he turns 18 do we have to do anything in particular when it comes to stopping making child support payments regarding courts or anything or can we just stop sending the money?

    Thank you

    January 30, 2014
    • We address this in the site in detail. While the obligation terminates by operation of law, we recommend having an order memorializing it and noting that no arearages are owed.

      February 01, 2014
  • If I’m paying child support and my son is 17 working a full time job! Does my child support go down! He only goes to school half the time?

    February 05, 2014
    • This is complicated. Discuss this with an experienced family lawyer. The answer may depend on what you mean by “half the time” and other facts such as whether the child can be emancipated.

      February 13, 2014
  • I had custody of my two children up til July 2013. Now they are back with their mother. They are 17 & 18 now (seniors) but they won’t graduate til May 2014. Mother filed for child support in Nov 2013. No court date yet. Question is will she receive support for the 18yr old since she may not receive a court date til April or May 2014 & will she be entitled to back pay from July 2013 even if she didn’t file for support til Nov 2013. Also the 17year old won’t turn 18 til Aug 2014.

    February 09, 2014
    • I recommend you go over this in detail with an experienced family law attorney with your specific documents from your case. In general, filing for a modification of child support can only be modified to the date it was filed and not farther back in time.

      February 13, 2014
  • what does it say about paying child support on a child that is now no longer living with her mother or her father and is currently trying to do homeschooling and working full time? the child is living with her 19 year old boyfriend. should the father still be paying the child support?

    March 18, 2014
    • Court orders are court orders until they are modified. If child support should be terminated because the child has been emancipated, an experienced family law attorney can advise you whether the child support order can be modified or terminated.

      April 06, 2014
  • Im currently paying child support a 18 & 17 year old by the same woman my 18 is no longer enrolled in high school & provided memphis child support office his discharge papers but they are twlling me I have to continue to pay my court order until both kids are 18 is this true

    March 25, 2014
    • You need to take all of your paperwork and court orders to an experienced family law attorney to answer that.

      April 06, 2014
  • I am counting down the days until we are done paying child support for this kid. He should be in jail for molesting and raping our own younger children as well as 8 other known victims but that is a problem with a county here and a whole other story.
    My question is two parts; he will be 18 in Aug of 2014 but graduates on June 6 2015. Can I only pay for the week of June and not the whole month?
    Secondly, I am a stay at home mom who hasn’t worked for 10 years but the county treated my husband and I as separate respondents. They gave me a potential income and we agreed upon $50.00 a month even though I make nothing. We today I received a COLA notice and want to know if there’s a good chance I won’t have to pay the increase? I printed all the forms, hoping to do it pro se. Rather overwhelming but I will try. I also called the county to ask them to not even take it to a hearing and not raise it due to my lack of employment. Are my chances good?

    I feel the injustice is just suffocating my family more and more. He should be paying us! Yet my children, his victims are paying him! This system is broken and believe me, if everyone heard our story they would be shocked. The family with Boston children’s hospital wouldn’t even pale in comparison. I am not kidding.

    Thanks for helping us all out, please forgive me for the venting. It just felt fabulous to get it off my chest!

    March 29, 2014
    • Your situation sounds very difficult. I strongly recommend you see an experienced family lawyer. In my opinion, your issues can be very challenging even for a lawyer. As for paying only part of a month’s child support, the answer may depend on the exact language of the child support order. Also, talk to a lawyer about obtaining a court order terminating child support in final. I say, better safe than sorry.

      April 06, 2014
  • My daughter’s Dad was ordered to pay child support and medical insurance when she was two. Two years ago my daughter incurred a lot of medical bills for a broken finger, rehab, and surgery. When I tried to file a claim I found it he put her name on the insurance wrong therefore kicking it back and I was stuck with all the bills. I tried and tried to get the name changed but not only her name was changed but the insured named changed to his wife’s name. I told the Department of Human Services and they did nothing about it. 2014 the name is still wrong and I sent in all the paper I got to them to let them see what was going on as well as all the medical expenses I paid. What should I do about the medical insurance name that’s wrong on medical card?

    March 31, 2014
    • I can’t answer for what TDHS should or should not do for you. But, you should speak with an experienced family lawyer. The advice you receive will depend on the court orders you already have, birth certificate, and other paperwork. Don’t delay. Waiting will not help anything.

      April 06, 2014
  • i have a 17 year old who graduates in May ’14, and turns 18 in Aug ’14. I have had to hire two attorneys in the past two years for two separate issues regarding my younger whereby my ex wanted to move him away; it was blocked but it was very costly. For a change in child support to occur, i understand a court order is required. The state provides a worksheet. If myself and the mom exchange the information and fill out the document, keeping all things the same but now one child on the worksheet, would I be required to hire an attorney to facilitate this process? My ex never even hired her own attorney previously and i would assume it to be the same in this situation. If the process can be handled by me/us would i request information from the court to pass the new change to the Judge? No offense, but if me and my ex are not on opposite sides of the fence on the issue and she agrees with the numbers, then is there any reason why we couldnt take care of this with just filing some information. thanks.

    April 25, 2014
    • None offense taken. But, I disagree. While it is possible, I don’t recommend it. If the language isn’t just right, a future court could determine the ruling meant something other than what you intended. Call some local lawyers. Shop for an experienced family lawyer in your budget.

      May 04, 2014
  • i have 3 kids Oldest turned 18 in november, but is homeschooled. Her mother asked for 100% education during the divorce, and now says “she is behind in her school work, so she wont be graduating” Where she lives, she would graduate on May 23rd.

    Child is also working a job (not full time). SO my questoin is this, since she had 100% control of the education, can she just decide as she pleases when the child graduates, in order to extend child support?

    May 06, 2014
    • It depends on the circumstances. Read the statute. The decision will depend on the overall circumstances and how the judge will interpret the circumstances in light of the statute. I strongly recommend you seek legal advice from an experienced family law attorney on how (and if) you might negotiate a resolution without having to take it in front of a judge.

      May 07, 2014
  • My ex-wife pulled my children out of school in 2010. My daughter turned 18 April 2014 and now has no education. Should my child support not have ended with her 18th birthday since she was no longer in school?

    May 06, 2014
    • Maybe. The particular circumstances matter. If the child is now living as an adult, lives independently (has a job), and no longer is supported by the other parent – then that may be one thing. But, if the child has plans to return to school, that may be another. It may depend on when the regularly scheduled class was supposed to graduate. Again, I highly recommend you seek legal advice from an experienced family law attorney in your area to discuss your particular circumstances.

      May 07, 2014
  • I have two questions:
    First: My husband has a son that turned 18 in Dec 2010 and graduated High School in May of 2011. We paid child support thru May of 2011. She is now trying to take us back to court for child support. Can she do this and win?
    Second: We have paid every medical bill she has sent us. She is now trying to go back and collect the past bills she did not send us. Will we have to pay these bills?

    May 12, 2014
    • I recommend you have an experienced family law attorney review the Court order, specific facts, evidence of payments, schedules, and all other evidence. That said, if you can prove you were paid up on child support, you should be ok. Many courts put the burden on the paying parent. Each judge can have different interpretations on the law so consult with a lawyer in your area. Make sure the order from your matter affirmatively states you are current. Second, it depends on the circumstances. Consult with a lawyer. Look at the parenting plan. If the bills were not submitted timely, that can be a defense. Judges can handle this differently.

      May 19, 2014
  • “HELP”
    The mother of my child and reside together and she (mother) tried to tske me off Child Support because im doing my responsible du diligence… however the Child support office in Tn says that I cant be taken off support… Is this right? Please Explain!

    May 15, 2014
    • You need an experienced family law attorney to review court orders, pleadings, and facts in detail. Don’t wait.

      May 19, 2014
  • My ex is several thousand dollars behind in child support. Our son turned 18 in March 2014. He quit school at 17 and got his GED 3 months after his 17th birthday (June 2013). He does work, but still lives with me and receives support from me. I finally started receiving child support again in October 2013, and am continuing to receive. His father hasn’t seen him in years, and may not realize he is 18. Since he still owes me so much money I’m loathe to contact the child support office to have support stopped. Especially since I know the judge will order an arrearage payment much smaller than the child support order.
    My questions are: can the court retroactively modify the order to end support back to June 2013, since he got his GED then? Can the court retroactively modify the order to end support back to March 2014, when he turned 18? Am I legally obligated to notify the court that he is 18, and request a modification of the order?

    May 15, 2014
    • These questions are all very important. But, the advice a competent Tennessee family lawyer will provide may depend upon a thoughtful review of the court orders, pleadings, facts, payment history and knowledge of what judges do in your area in similar situations. Please consult with an experienced family law attorney. But, child support legally terminates when it terminates according to the statute with or without a court order stating so.

      May 19, 2014
  • Just to clarify the above law: If the child is 18, but was held back a year in school, and will be graduating long after her 19th birthday, child support is paid until that graduation? Am I translating this correctly?

    May 23, 2014
    • As you can tell, the statute in its strict sense can be tricky in application. In my experience, the reason the child was held back may play a part in a judge’s decision on the issue. For example, on one hand, if a parent is trying to game the system just to get another year of support and there is no good reason for the graduation delay, child support will likely be terminated upon the graduation of the class with whom the child was scheduled to graduate. On the other hand, if a child missed a year because of a horrid illness, a judge may be less likely to follow the strict letter of the law and order child support continued because the spirit of the law is to require support until a child graduates from high school or is emancipated.

      May 28, 2014
  • My daughter turned 18 earlier this year and just graduated in May. I have 2 daughters I’m ordered to pay child support for. Now the state has taken the full amount of the child support out of my pay check even though my oldest daughter is now emancipated. They tried to tell me I have to have a judge sign off on a new child support agreement. Is this true?

    June 11, 2014
    • You need to visit with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney. Take all of your court orders and payments records. I recommend (and so does the Tennessee Court of Appeals) you seek an amended child support order reflecting the correct amount of child support due, how much you owe (if any), and payment on the arrearage, (if any).

      June 13, 2014
  • My ex-husband and I have a divorce decree that stipulates he will pay 2/3 of our 2 kids college expenses and I pay 1/3. Our 2 children just finished their freshman year at a state college and we followed the decree their first year with no problems. Now, he has decided he will not pay for his portion of their college expenses. He owns a business and makes a very good living. Can he do that?

    June 11, 2014
    • College education expenses is a unique area of the law. Definitely consult with an experienced family lawyer as soon as you can. Also, I have other pages that deal with college expenses you should read. Technically, they are not child support. Enforcing college expenses in Tennessee is based on contract law. In general, the children are third-party beneficiaries of that agreement. You may need to file an enforcement action. If so, don’t wait. While the father may defend on inability to pay, the court will consider both parents’ financial situations and the cost of the children’s education at issue.

      June 13, 2014
  • My son graduated high school May 2014at 17 . We just did his college orientation and he start college Aug 18.and will turn be 18 in Aug also. Can I continue to receive child support to help out with finances. What actionscan I take to keep child support going.

    June 28, 2014
    • Unless a parent agrees to provide support during college, Tennessee law provides for additional support past 18 only under the circumstances of disability or severe disability.

      July 06, 2014
  • My son turns 18 in February but doesn’t graduate until June. Do I still receive child support up to June or does it end in February?

    July 01, 2014
    • You receive child support until graduation IF that is his regularly scheduled class.

      July 06, 2014
  • Joy

    My child reached 18 back in December and just graduated in May. Will the garnishments of my payroll check automatically stop or must It be court ordered?

    July 16, 2014
    • Great question. Thank you for asking. If you have a copy of the IWO (income withholding order), look at it. If it does have an end date, point that out to the person handling the payroll deduction assuming it has expired. See what that person says. If the IWO doesn’t have an end date, I recommend you contact your attorney and ask how to vacate the IWO. If there are no arrearages due, you should want the order terminating the IWO (and/or terminating child support), to affirmatively state that there is no arrearage owed. By doing that, you may be able to avoid a future dispute whether past child support is owed.

      July 17, 2014
  • My son will be 18 in Aug 2014.His father is paying monthly child support payments.The money is taken out of his check.He is 27000 dollars behind.Will the money continue being taken out of his check till this is played off.

    July 24, 2014
  • My son will be 18 in Aug 2014.His father is paying monthly child support payments.The money is taken out of his check.He is 27000 dollars behind.Will the money continue being taken out of his check till this is payed off.

    July 24, 2014
    • Probably so, but I strongly recommend you take all of your legal pleadings and payment history and seek legal advice from an experienced Tennessee family law attorney. Make sure the arrearage amount is accurately calculated and reflected in a court order. Also, discuss whether to seek a modification (increase) in the monthly arrearage payment. Finally, discuss whether interest on child support should be added. The interest could be substantial.

      Miles Mason, Sr.

      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC, Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. MemphisDivorce.com. We aim to be your best option for finding a Memphis divorce lawyer, Germantown divorce lawyer, or Collierville divorce lawyer.

      The response above is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only reliable manner to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an attorney, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an accurate opinion. The basic information provided above is intended as a public service only, a full discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. The information posted on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with any individual. Answers are provided for informational purposes only. A person should consult with their own individual legal counsel before taking any action that could affect their legal rights or obligations.

      July 28, 2014
  • I am paying child support on twins who won’t be 18 for three more years. I am remarried and expecting another child. Is it possible to have my child support reduced after the birth of my third child? The amount I currently pay will put a huge strain on my ability to provide for all THREE of my kids.

    July 25, 2014
    • Check out our page on child support modification. In the right circumstances, child support for another child can be factored in on the calculation of future child support if a modification can be had. A modified amount of child support will be based on current income of BOTH parents and actual parenting time. The requirements for child support modification is complicated so I recommend you visit with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney to discuss it.

      Miles Mason, Sr.
      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC, Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. MemphisDivorce.com. We aim to be your best option for finding a Memphis divorce lawyer, Germantown divorce lawyer, or Collierville divorce lawyer.
      The response above is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only reliable manner to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an attorney, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an accurate opinion. The basic information provided above is intended as a public service only, a full discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. The information posted on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with any individual. Answers are provided for informational purposes only. A person should consult with their own individual legal counsel before taking any action that could affect their legal rights or obligations.

      July 28, 2014
  • Hello. I was receiving child support until my son graduated. His dad owes over $12k in arrears. My weekly payment dropped down from $151.61 a week to $2.35 a week. Is this legal? His dad works full-time and actually makes more than me. What can I do to increase the payments?

    August 01, 2014
    • Take all of your paperwork to and visit with an experienced family lawyer. You could be entitled to interest (12%) on all balances due since the last order setting the arrearage AND you may be able to file an action requesting the court increase the monthly payment on the arrearage.

      Miles Mason, Sr.
      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC, Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. MemphisDivorce.com. We aim to be your best option for finding a Memphis divorce lawyer, Germantown divorce lawyer, or Collierville divorce lawyer.
      The response above is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only reliable manner to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an attorney, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an accurate opinion. The basic information provided above is intended as a public service only, a full discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. The information posted on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with any individual. Answers are provided for informational purposes only. A person should consult with their own individual legal counsel before taking any action that could affect their legal rights or obligations.

      August 06, 2014
  • We pay child support to CCSRU (Central Child Support Receipting Unit). Will they notify me when child support ends or do I have to go back to court? Or – do I notify CCSRU about his graduation? Not sure how all this works.

    August 10, 2014
    • The Tennessee Court of Appeals (and many experienced Tennessee family law attorneys) strongly recommend you obtain a court order terminating child support. The Child Support Receipting Unit may have policies or procedures about termination, but I don’t recommend you rely on them. Obtaining a court order may involve attorney’s fees and filing a court action, but obtaining a court order gives parents absolute finality and certainty. On one hand, the obligation to pay child support ends when the statute says it ends, of course, but court orders rarely have expiration dates recorded in them. So to be sure, obtain an order and make sure the Tennessee authorities have a copy (and follow up with them as needed). An added advantage is that the final order could affirmatively state that no additional child support is owed. That could put to rest any future claim that the parent obligated to pay child support in arrears. If Tennessee child support is in arrears, a record of that and payment of the arrearage can be determined and ordered at that time.

      Miles Mason, Sr.
      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC, Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. MemphisDivorce.com. We aim to be your best option for finding a Memphis divorce lawyer, Germantown divorce lawyer, or Collierville divorce lawyer.
      The response above is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only reliable manner to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an attorney, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an accurate opinion. The basic information provided above is intended as a public service only, a full discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. The information posted on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with any individual. Answers are provided for informational purposes only. A person should consult with their own individual legal counsel before taking any action that could affect their legal rights or obligations.

      August 14, 2014
    • I strongly recommend you hire a local experienced family lawyer to review your particular situation with you. If the lawyer recommends you file a motion to terminate and record in a final order that no arrearages are due, I would agree. We hear too many horror stories where there is a claimed arrearage years later. Avoid that. A final court order protects against that.
      Miles Mason, Sr.
      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC, Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. Our response is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only way to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney, let the attorney review pleadings and orders, listen to you, ask follow up questions, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an opinion. The basic information provided is intended as a public service only. A complete discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. All information on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. Answers are provided for informational purposes only. We strive to be your best option for finding a Memphis divorce lawyer, Germantown divorce lawyer, Collierville divorce lawyer or West Tennessee divorce lawyer.

      December 25, 2014
  • Hello I have a child that is graduating in May of 2015 but want be 18 til October 1, 2015. The child will be joining the arm forces in June right after graduating but want be 18 til four months later. Am I still obligated to still pay child support til the child reaches 18 years of age.

    August 14, 2014
    • Technically, Tennessee child support will be owed until the child is 18. But, one exception is if a child is emancipated. Going through that process may not be worth it. I recommend you speak with an experienced Tennessee family lawyer and discuss your particular facts and determine if it makes sense to try and seek a court order to try and terminate child support earlier.

      Miles Mason, Sr.
      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC, Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. MemphisDivorce.com. We aim to be your best option for finding a Memphis divorce lawyer, Germantown divorce lawyer, or Collierville divorce lawyer.
      The response above is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only reliable manner to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an attorney, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an accurate opinion. The basic information provided above is intended as a public service only, a full discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. The information posted on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with any individual. Answers are provided for informational purposes only. A person should consult with their own individual legal counsel before taking any action that could affect their legal rights or obligations.

      August 14, 2014
  • I have finished paying all my support and arrears. I visited the Tn child support payment sit and it still says the case is open. When will this case be closed? Because they have it on my credit.

    Thanks

    August 15, 2014
    • Great question. I understand. Unfortunately, there is no shortcut. I recommend you call the State and see what they require to “close” it out. If they require a court order, talk to an experienced Tennessee family law attorney and go get one. We obtain orders for clients like this one often. Unfortunately, we must charge for our time and the system here is not simple to navigate. Then, learn and follow each credit reporting agencies instructions for correcting or objecting to credit report items. Call them. Write them. Check your credit reports. Repeat as necessary.

      Miles Mason, Sr.

      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC, Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. MemphisDivorce.com. We strive to be your best option for finding a Memphis divorce lawyer, Germantown divorce lawyer, Collierville divorce lawyer or West Tennessee divorce lawyer.

      Our response is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only way to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney, let the attorney review orders and pleadings, listen to you, ask follow up question, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an opinion. The basic information provided is intended as a public service only, a full discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. All information on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. Answers are provided for informational purposes only. Readers should consult with their own individual legal counsel before taking any action that could affect any legal rights or obligations.

      August 16, 2014
  • 2 kids involved .. my oldest turned 18 Dec. 2013 … he’s out of school and claims to be taking online courses for college … are support payments to continue because of online courses .. that he might take ? ? …. and if he had went to college after high school do the support payments continue ? ? … thank you !

    August 25, 2014
    • See our other page and video about child support termination situations when there is more than one child. As children reach age 18 and graduate from high school, we recommend you modify child support, obtain a court order terminating the first child’s support, record any arrearage. Always remember, what court orders read is what matters most. There is no duty to support college age children unless the parents originally agreed to provide support.

      Miles Mason, Sr.
      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC, Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. MemphisDivorce.com. We strive to be your best option for finding a Memphis divorce lawyer, Germantown divorce lawyer, Collierville divorce lawyer or West Tennessee divorce lawyer. Our response is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only way to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney, let the attorney review pleadings and orders, listen to you, ask follow up questions, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an opinion. The basic information provided is intended as a public service only. A complete discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. All information on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. Answers are provided for informational purposes only.

      August 30, 2014
  • My child’s father hides all of his money and properties in his wife name to make his child support payments as low as possible. I know its not legal, but is it anything i can do about it? Also, Our child is disabled and her special needs costs more than the average child’s. What can i do to make the court reconize that and award me more support?

    September 21, 2014
    • In this type of situation, it is not necessarily illegal to transfer ownership of properties in a wife’s name, but if the reason was to hide income for child support purposes, that might qualify as a fraudulent conveyance. See my pages on hiding assets and income. Also, see my pages on special needs children in my child support section addressing your concerns. Yes, child support may be increased for added expenses for special needs children.

      Miles Mason, Sr.

      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC, Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. http://www.MemphisDivorce.com – We strive to be your best option for finding a Memphis divorce lawyer, Germantown divorce lawyer, Collierville divorce lawyer or West Tennessee divorce lawyer. Our response is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only way to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney, let the attorney review pleadings and orders, listen to you, ask follow up questions, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an opinion. The basic information provided is intended as a public service only. A complete discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. All information on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. Answers are provided for informational purposes only.

      September 27, 2014
  • My youngest child is a senior this year and she turned 18 recently. I understand the TN Child Support guidelines when it comes to this issue because I went through it with my other two children, however when my youngest turned 18, she moved in with her boyfriend….two days later, I found out she was pregnant…..four days after that, they went to the courthouse and got married. After the shock and my nervous breakdown were over is when I started to look for answers but haven’t had any luck. Is Child Support terminated if the child gets married even though they are still in school? And since this is the last child for him to make support payments on, do you have to have a court revision to terminate payments? Even though she is no longer under my care, I would like to put future payments that I may receive into a savings account that I have told her she will get the day she graduates. If she doesn’t graduate, I told her that when the baby is born I will use the money to open an ESA account under the child’s name. And yes, I blackmailed her with the intent she would have some incentive to graduate. Lol!! Thanks for your time and help with this manner.

    September 28, 2014
    • Marriage automatically emancipates a child. The child support obligation is terminated. The parent paying support should seek a court order terminating the obligation and recording any arrearage due. Nevertheless, I still recommend you talk this over with an experienced Tennessee family lawyer to review your particular situation and court pleadings and orders.

      Miles Mason, Sr.

      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC, Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. MemphisDivorce.com. We strive to be your best option for finding a Memphis divorce lawyer, Germantown divorce lawyer, Collierville divorce lawyer or West Tennessee divorce lawyer. Our response is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only way to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney, let the attorney review pleadings and orders, listen to you, ask follow up questions, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an opinion. The basic information provided is intended as a public service only. A complete discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. All information on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. Answers are provided for informational purposes only.

      October 21, 2014
  • My husband and his ex wife have 2 children, ages 19 and 20. Per their divorce papers, child support was supposed to stop when the children turned 18 or graduated high school. He is still being cut weekly by the State of Tennessee when it should have stopped over a year ago. They filed for their divorce in Shelby County. What do we need to do to have this stopped? He has called Child Support Services in Tennessee and cannot get a straight answer. We are Alabama residents and his ex wife and children are Florida residents. Thank you so much for any advice you can give us.

    October 01, 2014
    • This may not come as a shock, but your story is very common. I recommend you contact an experienced family law attorney in the area and seek assistance. Calling does not always result in positive action. You may need to file an actual court case. But, the specific advice will depend on review of your paperwork and court orders.

      Miles Mason, Sr.

      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC, Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. MemphisDivorce.com. We strive to be your best option for finding a Memphis divorce lawyer, Germantown divorce lawyer, Collierville divorce lawyer or West Tennessee divorce lawyer. Our response is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only way to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney, let the attorney review pleadings and orders, listen to you, ask follow up questions, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an opinion. The basic information provided is intended as a public service only. A complete discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. All information on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. Answers are provided for informational purposes only.

      October 21, 2014
  • I have two children over age 18 and I still have to pay full child support because of arrears
    my girl friend lived with me the first 4 years of my kids birth, then she abandon the relationship
    I was put on arrears from birth I have paid faithfully for all these years can mine be waived or
    reduced.

    October 04, 2014
    • I recommend you ask an experienced Tennessee family law attorney to review your paperwork. There are a number of issues. First, see if the calculation of the arrears is correct compared to the court’s orders. While established court orders may be past the time to appeal, you should always double-check the accuracy of the payment history. Next, you may be able to ask the court to reduce the monthly arrearage payment for good cause. But, be aware that 12% interest may apply. Finally, other legal issues could present themselves after reviewing the actual court orders and other court documents. Good luck.

      Miles Mason, Sr.

      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC, Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. MemphisDivorce.com. We strive to be your best option for finding a Memphis divorce lawyer, Germantown divorce lawyer, Collierville divorce lawyer or West Tennessee divorce lawyer. Our response is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only way to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney, let the attorney review pleadings and orders, listen to you, ask follow up questions, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an opinion. The basic information provided is intended as a public service only. A complete discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. All information on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. Answers are provided for informational purposes only.

      October 21, 2014
  • monica

    My son turns 18 in Jan but he is a grade back. When will his payments stop.

    Monica

    December 11, 2014
    • Termination of child support may depend on the judge’s interpretation of regularly scheduled class. How far back was the grade missed? What was the reason? Was there learning disability issues? Don’t answer those questions online. Talk to a local experienced family lawyer and seek an opinion based on your particular facts. The judge who handles this case may need to decide the issue. I always recommend knowing rather than guessing even if knowing may require a hearing.
      Miles Mason, Sr.
      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC, Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. Our response is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only way to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney, let the attorney review pleadings and orders, listen to you, ask follow up questions, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an opinion. The basic information provided is intended as a public service only. A complete discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. All information on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. Answers are provided for informational purposes only. We strive to be your best option for finding a Memphis divorce lawyer, Germantown divorce lawyer, Collierville divorce lawyer or West Tennessee divorce lawyer.

      December 25, 2014
  • Alan

    I will be done with child support this May of 2015.The law says child support ends at 18 or graduation. Am I legally
    responsible to carry this child on my health insurance in Tn. while in college even though child support ends.

    January 07, 2015
    • Unless there is some other part of the divorce agreement or parenting plan requiring health insurance coverage, the general answer is No. But before you terminate the health insurance coverage for your child, please find out what the premium is actually costing you just in case it is not as expensive as you might think.
      Miles Mason, Sr.
      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC, Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. Our response is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only way to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney, let the attorney review pleadings and orders, listen to you, ask follow up questions, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an opinion. The basic information provided is intended as a public service only. A complete discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. All information on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. Answers are provided for informational purposes only.

      January 09, 2015
  • Katrina

    I have two questions please.
    1) We are paying child support for two kids. One (19 years old) will graduate in May so CS will end upon graduation. My question is- will the child support payment be cut in half for the remaining child or will it be automatically recalculated (even if neither parent requests this) to determine if the amount is still correct? CS was set 8 years ago with no reviews requested since.

    If the answer is that yes, it will be automatically recalculated:

    2) The CO from 8 years ago states that we have 50/50 custody of the child that will remain on CS but for the past 13 months he has lived with us FT and visited his mother only every other weekend. If CS is recalculated, will we need a new CO that states he lives with us more than 50/50 now? We are not insistent on CS being recalculated (even though it would be in our favor) but would like it to be accurate if it is imposed upon us.
    Thanks!

    January 09, 2015
    • See When can I reduce my Tennessee child support with more than one child? I strongly recommend you visit with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney and discuss the details of your particular situation. Considering all of the circumstances, modification now may make more sense rather than waiting to find out if a judge will retroactively prorate the child support due (or not).
      Miles Mason, Sr.
      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC, Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. Our response is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only way to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney, let the attorney review pleadings and orders, listen to you, ask follow up questions, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an opinion. The basic information provided is intended as a public service only. A complete discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. All information on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. Answers are provided for informational purposes only.

      January 09, 2015
  • Jay

    My child graduates in May and doesn’t turn 18 until August. Does child support end in May or August? thanks!

    January 14, 2015
    • If the child turns 18 after graduating from high school, then child support ends at turning 18. The statute is very confusing, but we wanted to include it here anyway.
      Miles Mason, Sr.
      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC, Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. Our response is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only way to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney, let the attorney review pleadings and orders, listen to you, ask follow up questions, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an opinion. The basic information provided is intended as a public service only. A complete discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. All information on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. Answers are provided for informational purposes only.

      January 18, 2015
  • Candice

    My husband’s son will be turning 18 in April, but he doesn’t know anything about the child like if he’s in high school or married or what. The mother doesn’t give updates, we don’t even know their address. So my question is — does the support automatically stops when the child turns 18? Or does my husband have to go to court? He’s on disability so when should he notify SSD about the status of the child?

    January 14, 2015
    • I recommend you find out about the graduating class situation. I you not count on support automatically stopping. Consult with an attorney. Have the attorney look at your file and advise you based on the court orders applicable to your case. That being said, even if child support is supposed to end, it may not or you may owe an arrearage. Either way, it is best to get the child support termination and/or arrearage setting and monthly payment correctly reflected in a final order.
      Miles Mason, Sr.
      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC, Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. Our response is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only way to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney, let the attorney review pleadings and orders, listen to you, ask follow up questions, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an opinion. The basic information provided is intended as a public service only. A complete discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. All information on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. Answers are provided for informational purposes only.

      January 18, 2015
  • Tammi

    If your child has turned 19 but will not graduate till may. Does the Child support stop on his 19th birthday or in May when he graduates.

    January 18, 2015
    • Based on what you state here, Tennessee child support likely ends upon his graduation from high school. Of course, check with your attorney if there are special circumstances that may apply to your situation.
      Miles Mason, Sr.
      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC, Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. Our response is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only way to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney, let the attorney review pleadings and orders, listen to you, ask follow up questions, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an opinion. The basic information provided is intended as a public service only. A complete discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. All information on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. Answers are provided for informational purposes only.

      January 19, 2015
  • Jamie

    Child turned 18 in September 2014. He entered his senior year of high school August 2014. I understand support should continue until graduation 2015. After failing grades and excessive absences (10 per month), his mother let him drop out of high school a month ago. Then she moved his girlfriend in with them. Can I petition to stop support now? I am not behind and there are no arrears. I am actually ahead on my payments. I would prefer he graduate on schedule and I keep paying, but unfortunately I have no control over that. Thanks

    January 23, 2015
    • I recommend you discuss the details of your particular situation. Based on what you’ve stated here, you seem to have the right facts to terminate child support after a court order states so. But, know that no family law attorney can predict the future. A judge may still want child support paid if there is a hope or possibility of a return to high school.
      Miles Mason, Sr.
      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC, Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. Our response is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only way to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney, let the attorney review pleadings and orders, listen to you, ask follow up questions, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an opinion. The basic information provided is intended as a public service only. A complete discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. All information on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. Answers are provided for informational purposes only.

      January 26, 2015
  • Marc Smith

    My daughter turns 18 in 3 years. A friend and I were discussing the end of our child support payments. (He has a daughter as well that pays child support for) He was told that he is resopnsible for paying child support as long as his daughter is in school (high school or college) until she turns 23 or 25. I can’t remember which he said. I told him that that would have to be included in the divorce papers before that would be true. Am I correct in saying this?

    January 27, 2015
    • In general, yes. For child support to be owed in Tennessee beyond age 18 and graduation from high school, there needs to be a specific agreement as you said (like for college expenses, tuition, support, etc.) or the child must be disabled or severely disabled.
      Miles Mason, Sr.
      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC. Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. Our response is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only way to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney, let the attorney review pleadings and orders, listen to you, ask follow up questions, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an opinion. The basic information provided is intended as a public service only. A complete discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. All information on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. Answers are provided for informational purposes only.

      January 27, 2015
  • Angie

    My husbands daughter turns 18 next month & can’t read. She doesn’t know what grade she is in, but has no mental health diagnosis aside from learning disability. Her mother started holding her back her last yr. in 8th, which was 201…like she all of sudden cared her child couldn’t read. Special needs law says child support, from where I read, can stop when the child turns 18 if there aren’t medical reason to support the need for medical care or medication….this child is neither. So when does it stop…she may never graduate….

    January 28, 2015
    • I recommend you visit with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney and discuss the details of your particular situation. You need to determine if your child qualifies as disabled or severely disabled under Tennessee law for a child support obligation past age 18. Don’t delay. You need legal advice about whether you should file an action to extend child support past age 18 prior to the child turning age 18. This area of Tennessee child support law is not very clear. Proving the disability can be challenging.
      Miles Mason, Sr.
      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC. Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. Our response is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only way to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney, let the attorney review pleadings and orders, listen to you, ask follow up questions, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an opinion. The basic information provided is intended as a public service only. A complete discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. All information on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. Answers are provided for informational purposes only.

      January 31, 2015
  • Sam

    If a child is no longer going to after school care, but salaries haven’t changed by 15% can we file for a reduction? Based upon the child support calculator I show without the childcare we are paying $100 too much per month. Is the 15% solely revolved around salaries?

    February 01, 2015
    • This is more of a child support modification question. See Tennessee Child Support Modification Law | How to Modify Child Support for more discussion. This is one of many very confusing child support law questions caused by a very complicated guidelines. When comparing the 15% “before and after” so to speak, the guidelines say “Do not include the amount of any previously ordered deviations or proposed deviations in the comparison.” But, will a judge consider work related child care a deviation? I don’t know. To me, it seems unfair to have a parent owe more child support than necessary even if no modification may be technically allowed. But, my advice would be impacted by the amount of overall money owed. I recommend you visit with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney and discuss the details of your particular situation.
      Miles Mason, Sr.
      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC. Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. Our response is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only way to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney, let the attorney review pleadings and orders, listen to you, ask follow up questions, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an opinion. The basic information provided is intended as a public service only. A complete discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. All information on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. Answers are provided for informational purposes only.

      February 02, 2015
  • Candice

    My husband’s daughter is turning 18 this April but is still in junior high. She will graduate in June 2016. She receives child support thru my husband’s disability. Does it mean we still have to pay until June 2016?

    February 12, 2015
  • Flip

    My daughter just turned 17 years old. I have been divorced from her mom for about 13 years now. Our divorce decree and child support order was ordered in the state of Mississippi. However, we both live in Tn. and it is a hassle attending court in all the way in Holly Springs , Ms. What are your thoughts about transferring the child support court order to TN.? Is it worth it?

    June 02, 2015
    • I recommend you visit with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney and discuss the details of your particular situation. I know this sounds like a lawyer answer, but answering your question really depends on how a court will interpret the Mississippi order’s specific language in terms of applying Mississippi law or Tennessee law. From my practical experience, it can depends as much on the judge as the particular legal issue.
      Miles Mason, Sr.
      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC. Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. Our response is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only way to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney, let the attorney review pleadings and orders, listen to you, ask follow up questions, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an opinion. The basic information provided is intended as a public service only. A complete discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. All information on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. Answers are provided for informational purposes only.

      June 02, 2015
  • K Parish

    Hello, One of my children turned 18 and graduated high school. I had read on your site that I need to obtain an order to terminate child support and I sent a letter to Shelby County DHS stating this. Several months have past and DHS is not being responsive to my request. What if anything can be done about this?

    June 09, 2015
    • I don’t many parents who have been successful obtaining a court order terminating child support by writing a letter. Most likely you will need to file a petition or motion with the court. I recommend you speak with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney and discuss the details of your particular situation.
      Miles Mason, Sr.
      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC. Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. Our response is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only way to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney, let the attorney review pleadings and orders, listen to you, ask follow up questions, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an opinion. The basic information provided is intended as a public service only. A complete discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. All information on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. Answers are provided for informational purposes only.

      June 10, 2015
  • S Cooper

    My son recently graduated from a high school in TN. We’ve been living in MS for the past five years, but our court order was established in TN since that’s where we lived at the time. Can I get a new court order in MS since the obligations for child support end at 21 instead of 18, even though I had a previous court order in TN?

    July 05, 2015
    • Your legal question deals with interstate jurisdiction and choice of law. The answer and advice you receive will depend on the particular facts and history of your situation. Also, the lawyer who gives you advice on this will need to review your court pleadings and orders and likely need to research the answer. I recommend you visit with experienced Tennessee and/or Mississippi family law attorney(s) to find your answer. But, if the original court order was issued in Tennessee and never registered in Mississippi, Tennessee law likely currently applies. I don’t know whether it is too late to enroll the order in Mississippi to take advantage of Mississippi’s longer support obligation law.
      Miles Mason, Sr.
      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC. Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. Our response is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only way to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney, let the attorney review pleadings and orders, listen to you, ask follow up questions, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an opinion. The basic information provided is intended as a public service only. A complete discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. All information on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. Answers are provided for informational purposes only.

      July 05, 2015
  • L Allen

    My husband’s son is a senior and 17 years old. He does not stay with his mother but instead stays with a highschool friend to use their address for school zoning reasons. During this time he now has a child of his own. Is there a cause to go back to court to get an order for emancipation. We can’t see the reasoning behind paying the mother CS while the child is not with her and paying for a child of his own.

    July 31, 2015
    • Maybe. It depends. I recommend you visit with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney and discuss the details of your particular situation. Paying support to a parent is generally not grounds for termination of child support in itself. But, if the child is ruled emancipated, that would. Decisions regarding whether a child can emancipated are fact specific and the result may depend on the particular judge’s discretion.
      Miles Mason, Sr.
      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC. Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. Our response is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only way to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney, let the attorney review pleadings and orders, listen to you, ask follow up questions, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an opinion. The basic information provided is intended as a public service only. A complete discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. All information on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. Answers are provided for informational purposes only.

      August 04, 2015
  • Felicia Jackson

    my current support is 275 per month and arrears 25. The child has turned 18. after my current payments stop, will the arrears monthly amount increase?

    August 14, 2015
    • Depending on the circumstances, there may be good reasons to go to court and seek a modification. I recommend you visit with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney and discuss the details of your particular situation.
      Miles Mason, Sr.
      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC. Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. Our response is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only way to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney, let the attorney review pleadings and orders, listen to you, ask follow up questions, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an opinion. The basic information provided is intended as a public service only. A complete discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. All information on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. Answers are provided for informational purposes only.

      August 20, 2015
  • Dave B

    I pay child support for my son, who is 18, but still in his senior year of high school. I just found out that my son legally changed his last name to my ex-wife’s new last name (my ex-wife just married a man who is currently incarcerated for molesting a minor, but that’s a whole other element to a very sad story). My question is, can I file a dispute with the chancery court, basically saying my son is still my dependent, and that he should not have been allowed to change his name without my permission? And, if that fails, can I then go to the domestic court and petition for my child support to terminate?

    August 21, 2015
    • Termination of child support is a separate issue from the name issue. When appropriate, we recommend you file a motion or petition to terminate child support and obtain an order terminating child support and declaring that no arrearage is owed. Regarding the name change, the advice you will receive will depend on the facts and circumstances. One major stumbling block may be that your child is 18. As long as his name change was not fraudulent, the courts will almost always allow an adult to choose his or her name.
      Miles Mason, Sr.
      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC. Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. Our response is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only way to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney, let the attorney review pleadings and orders, listen to you, ask follow up questions, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an opinion. The basic information provided is intended as a public service only. A complete discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. All information on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. Answers are provided for informational purposes only.

      September 23, 2015
  • Rosemary F.

    If a child support order was started in MS where requirement for support is until age 21 but new order has been established in TN as both parents & children live in TN, (if nothing changes) will the child support end when the children turn 18 and/or graduate or will it remain in effect until 21?

    September 15, 2015
    • I recommend you visit with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney and discuss the details of your particular situation. Equally important, the attorney needs to review the specific orders and possibly research the issue. Interstate jurisdiction and choice of law issues are never simple.
      Miles Mason, Sr.
      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC. Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. Our response is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only way to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney, let the attorney review pleadings and orders, listen to you, ask follow up questions, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an opinion. The basic information provided is intended as a public service only. A complete discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. All information on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. Answers are provided for informational purposes only.

      September 21, 2015
  • My son turned 18 in September 2015, and he graduated May 2016. My divorce was in 2000 so there is no mention of child support payment after he turns 18. My ex- husband refuses to pay child support unless my son visits him. He says the parenting plan is in effect until my son graduates, and as long as he is paying child support. This is very confusing since my son is 18. They have a bad relationship.

    October 23, 2015
    • Child support is owed until graduation from high school as described here regardless of whether or not the child is visiting with the parent who owes child support absent a court order to the contrary. The parenting plan arguably ceases to control parenting time once the child is no longer a minor. Nevertheless, visitation should always be encouraged unless there is a substantial likelihood of physical or emotional harm – even if the child is over 18. In these types of situations, there are always important exceptions that may apply to your situation. I recommend you visit with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney. Talk to a lawyer about whether you are owed back child support and collection options.
      Miles Mason, Sr.
      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC. Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. Our response is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only way to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney, let the attorney review pleadings and orders, listen to you, ask follow up questions, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an opinion. The basic information provided is intended as a public service only. A complete discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. All information on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. Answers are provided for informational purposes only.

      October 25, 2015
  • Regina

    If the child continues their education after graduating does child support continue?

    November 08, 2015
    • Not unless the child is not yet 18 or there is an agreement in a court order requiring continuance of support.
      Miles Mason, Sr.
      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC. Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. Our response is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only way to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney, let the attorney review pleadings and orders, listen to you, ask follow up questions, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an opinion. The basic information provided is intended as a public service only. A complete discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. All information on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. Answers are provided for informational purposes only.

      November 29, 2015
  • Rod

    My child support obligation ended 5/2015. I has arrears in the amount of $496. The arrears were incurred because my case was prematurely ended when my child turned 18 but was still in school. 2 checks were sent to her mom in my name. I allowed them to keep the funds and will now have to pay them again. Today I received a letter for an income assignment from my employer. Maximus reissued the order although my daughter has graduated an is currently not enrolled in any school. What should I do?

    December 14, 2015
    • I recommend you hire an attorney and discuss filing a petition to terminate child support, set arrears (if any), and seek to vacate the wage assignment.
      Miles Mason, Sr.
      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC. Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. Our response is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only way to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney, let the attorney review pleadings and orders, listen to you, ask follow up questions, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an opinion. The basic information provided is intended as a public service only. A complete discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. All information on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. Answers are provided for informational purposes only.

      December 30, 2015
  • BN

    If you pay child support an your child quit school an is doing the home school through gateway, do you still have to continue to pay support after they are 18= they could drag that out for years by doing the bare minimum

    January 17, 2016
    • Unlikely. I recommend you visit with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney and discuss the details of your particular situation. As soon as you think child support should end – see discussion above – strongly consider filing a petition or motion to terminate the obligation for the reasons you discussed. A judge may not approve of trying to “game the system” this way.
      Miles Mason, Sr.
      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC. Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. Our response is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only way to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney, let the attorney review pleadings and orders, listen to you, ask follow up questions, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an opinion. The basic information provided is intended as a public service only. A complete discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. All information on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. Answers are provided for informational purposes only.

      January 19, 2016
  • Michelle

    My son graduated high school May 2015. Divorce papers state that father can claim son on taxes on the odd years, which will be this tax season. Is this null and void since orders are expired?

    January 26, 2016
    • Assuming your son turned 18 in 2015 and unless there is some other reason otherwise, the parenting plan order expired. Then, who can claim a deduction defaults to general tax law for claiming deductions. What happens if you both claim him? Talk to your CPA. At some point the IRS will look at it if both parents list the child’s social security number. If you don’t have a CPA, this is a good reason to get one. If you have a good relationship with the father, you may want to work out a separate financial arrangement depending on who gets the greater financial benefit. I also recommend you visit with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney to read your parenting plan and discuss the details of your particular situation.
      Miles Mason, Sr.
      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC. Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. Our response is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only way to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney, let the attorney review pleadings and orders, listen to you, ask follow up questions, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an opinion. The basic information provided is intended as a public service only. A complete discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. All information on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. Answers are provided for informational purposes only.

      February 03, 2016
  • Jenn

    Child is 19 but graduated early and went on to college full time. Is father bound to pay while child is full time student in the state of TN? Father is also in the arears for over 15,000. Since she is 19 is he still bound to pay the behind childsupport?

    February 01, 2016
    • I recommend you visit with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney and discuss the details of your particular situation. Depending on what the paperwork says, the father may no longer owe child support, but the arrears is still due – accruing interest at 12%. Definitely see a lawyer about petitioning the court to get the arrearage amount reduced to judgment in a court order, seek interest and attorney’s fees, and set monthly payments going forward.
      Miles Mason, Sr.
      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC. Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. Our response is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only way to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney, let the attorney review pleadings and orders, listen to you, ask follow up questions, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an opinion. The basic information provided is intended as a public service only. A complete discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. All information on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. Answers are provided for informational purposes only.

      February 03, 2016
  • ruth

    My husband pays child support for his daughter. She will be 18 in December, and was supposed to graduate in May 2017. However, she has just been expelled for a full year for a zero-tolerance violation at her school. If she ends up not graduating until 2018 (she would be 19 1/2 yrs old) due to the expulsion, when does my husband’s child support end?

    April 14, 2016
    • I recommend you visit with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney and discuss the details of your particular situation. That being said, due to your unique circumstances, you may want to discuss with an attorney filing a petition seeking to terminate child support. That may be the conservative thing even if you are ordered to continue to pay. At least you will know for sure.
      Miles Mason, Sr.
      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC. Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. Our response is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only way to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney, let the attorney review pleadings and orders, listen to you, ask follow up questions, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an opinion. The basic information provided is intended as a public service only. A complete discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. All information on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. Answers are provided for informational purposes only.

      April 22, 2016
  • Roy

    My daughter has been out of school since December and will graduate in May . I called child support and they said that support will end the last week of May, but a week later i get a wage modification letter in my po box saying i need to bring in documentation for my previous two years of employment. I apoke with a lawyer and she said it was probably a mistake and the computer X the wrong line and when i called child support they said i didn’t have to show up ???? What’s your opinion ? Thanks and God Bless

    April 26, 2016
    • I recommend you show up to all scheduled court matters and administrative hearings – especially those regarding child support. I also recommend you visit with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney and discuss the details of your particular situation. Better safe than sorry.
      Miles Mason, Sr.
      Attorney, Miles Mason Family Law Group, PLC. Serving clients in Memphis • Germantown • Collierville • West Tennessee. Our response is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only way to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an experienced Tennessee family law attorney, let the attorney review pleadings and orders, listen to you, ask follow up questions, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an opinion. The basic information provided is intended as a public service only. A complete discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. All information on this site is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with anyone. Answers are provided for informational purposes only.

      May 12, 2016

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