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An overview of child support in Tennessee

Children need a lot from their parents in order to grow into well-adjusted, thriving adults. Tennessee kids may look to their parents for love and guidance, physical care and financial support, as well as other forms of assistance. When parents go through divorce and no longer live under the same roof, it can be hard for them to maintain their levels of involvement in their children's lives.

In Tennessee and jurisdictions throughout the nation, courts order child support. Child support covers the financial costs that parents must expend to raise their children, and when parents break up and their incomes become divided, child support ensures that both parents are contributing to the care of their kids. Child support can be used to pay for necessary expenses, extracurricular costs, medical care, school and educational needs, and others.

Tennessee parents can be classified as primary residential parents, also known as custodial parents, or alternate residential parents, also called non-custodial parents. Generally, custodial parents provide for their children because the kids live with them. Noncustodial parents are expected to pay child support in order to financially contribute to their children's needs. The state follows a set of guidelines to show how much each parent is expected to contribute based on their incomes and other factors.

Child support lasts through childhood, but parents can decide to extend their support of their kids in to college. An emancipated child may see their support end, and individuals with deeper child support questions are encouraged to get legal help. The needs of different children may result in different child support outcomes and this post provides it readers with no legal advice.

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