When a Tennessee couple ends its marriage in divorce one of the parties may be required to provide the other with spousal support, also known as alimony. The party that receives primary physical custody of their couple's kids may also be entitled to receive child support so that they are not solely responsible for meeting their children's financial needs. Therefore, when a divorce is finalized a person may discover that they are bound to pay both spousal and child support for the care and benefit of their former spouse and kids.
Both forms of support are important to make sure that individuals have enough money to live and to prevent kids from being financially disadvantaged by their parents' relationship changes. Therefore, the complete and timely payment of support is necessary to ensure that all parties to a post-divorce relationship are provided with the funding they need to move their lives forward.
For reasons that can take on many different forms, instances can arise where paying parties do not send child support and spousal support checks to the individuals who are entitled to receive them. When payments are missed they are considered delinquent, and in many cases delinquent support payments may be penalized by the courts that order them to be paid.
To avoid disputes regarding missed support payments, individuals should keep accurate records of when payments are sent, from what accounts the funds are provided, check numbers if checks are used or transaction codes for electronic payments, and payment totals reflecting complete payment of the sums that are due. When individuals cannot manage their own support payment disputes, they may wish to get the help of legal professionals who provide guidance to family law clients.