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Child Support Attorney in Nashville, Tennessee

When it comes to your family, you want nothing but the best. As a parent, having legal counsel, whether you are the one paying or receiving child support, assists you in understanding child support laws and supporting your child.   

A seasoned family law attorney can make all the difference in providing you this peace of mind. Contact me at Cynthia J. Bohn Attorney at Law. Located in Nashville, Tennessee, I serve clients throughout Davidson County, Sumner County, Wilson County, and Rutherford County. 

Understanding Child Support in Tennessee

Child support laws in Tennessee are tailored to ensure that children receive adequate financial support from both parents, regardless of the parents' marital status.  

The state uses a specific formula to calculate child support obligations, considering factors such as each parent's income, the number of children, and the amount of time each parent spends with the children. 

Key Considerations in Tennessee's Child Support Laws

One important consideration is that Tennessee law does not consider child support a right of the parent. Instead, it is seen as a right of the child.

Also, both parents have a legal obligation to financially support their children, regardless of custody arrangements. The following are some key things to consider for parents navigating child support cases or disputes:

  • Income shares model: Tennessee follows the Income Shares Model, which estimates the amount of support that would have been available to the child if the parents were living together. This model ensures a fair distribution of financial responsibility. 

  • Parenting time: The amount of time each parent spends with the child directly affects the child support calculation. More parenting time may result in a lower child support obligation to accurately reflect the shared costs of raising the child. 

  • Additional expenses: Child support can also cover additional expenses, such as healthcare, education, and extracurricular activities. These expenses are considered necessary for the child's well-being and development. 

Understanding these laws and how they apply to your specific situation allows you to meet your child’s needs. This is where my knowledge can help you in your attempt to reach a fair outcome.  

The Process of Establishing or Modifying Child Support

Understanding the legal process for establishing or modifying child support is difficult and can easily become stressful. Here’s some insight into the process: 

Establishing Child Support

Various circumstances occur that result in requiring child support. Here’s how to get that started.  

  1. Filing a petition: The first step is to file a petition for child support with the court. This can be done either by the custodial parent seeking support or the non-custodial parent wishing to formalize the arrangement. 

  1. Financial documentation: Both parents will need to provide detailed financial documentation, including income statements, tax returns, and proof of expenses. This information is needed to accurately calculate support obligations. 

  1. Court hearing: The court will schedule a hearing at which both parties can present their cases. They can provide evidence and arguments for the proposed amount of child support. 

  1. Court order: After reviewing the evidence and considering the best interests of the child, the court will issue a child support order. This order outlines the amount of support to be paid and the payment schedule. 

I understand that family matters are emotional. Allow me to shoulder some of the emotional burden by standing at your side throughout this process. 

Modifying Child Support

Life circumstances can change, requiring a modification of the existing child support order. Here’s what that entails: 

  1. Change in circumstances: A significant change in circumstances, such as a job loss, increase in income, or change in the child's needs, can warrant a modification of the child support order. 

  2. Filing a motion: To modify the order, a motion must be filed with the court. This motion should include evidence of the changed circumstances and a request for a new support amount calculation. 

  3. Court review: The court will review the motion and the supporting documentation. If the court finds that the change in circumstances is significant enough, it will adjust the child support order accordingly. 

  4. Updated order: Once the court approves the modification, an updated child support order will be issued, reflecting the new financial responsibilities. 

Throughout these processes, having a child support attorney by your side can provide peace of mind that you are well supported in your efforts to protect your rights and prioritize your child’s best interests.  

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What factors do courts consider in granting child support?

Courts consider several factors, including each parent's income, the amount of time each parent spends with the child, and the child's specific needs. The goal is to ensure that the child receives appropriate financial support from both parents. 

Can child support orders be enforced if the other parent refuses to pay?

Yes, child support orders are legally binding, and several enforcement mechanisms are available. These include wage garnishment, tax refund interception, and even legal action for contempt of court. I am able to assist in taking the necessary steps to enforce child support orders and ensure compliance. 

How often can child support orders be modified?

Child support orders can be modified whenever there is a significant change in circumstances. However, frequent modifications are not encouraged unless there is a compelling reason. It’s helpful to consult with an attorney to determine if your situation warrants a modification. 

How I Can Help You Through Child Support Law

Dealing with child support law requires a deep understanding of Tennessee's legal landscape and a compassionate approach to handling sensitive family matters. Here’s how I can assist you: 

  • Legal advice: Understanding your rights and obligations under Tennessee's child support laws is crucial. I provide clear, concise legal advice tailored to your unique situation. My goal is to ensure you feel fully informed and prepared to make the best decisions for your family. 

  • Representation in court: Whether you are establishing, modifying, or enforcing a child support order, having skilled legal representation can make a significant difference. With more than 25 years of experience, I will represent you well in court by presenting a compelling case as my best effort to ensure that your child's financial needs are met. 

  • Comprehensive support: From filing petitions to gathering documentation and representing you in court, I provide comprehensive support throughout the entire process and stand by your side every step of the way. I am determined to make the legal proceedings as smooth and stress-free as possible for you and your family. 

Let Me Help You Secure Your Child’s Needs

Meeting your child's financial needs is a critical aspect of responsible parenting. Whether you're seeking to establish, modify, or enforce a child support order, having Cynthia J. Bohn Attorney at Law by your side can make all the difference. 

With over two decades of experience, I understand the difficulties involved in child support law and am dedicated to achieving favorable outcomes for my clients in Nashville, Tennessee, and the surrounding areas. Together, we can find a path forward while prioritizing your child's best interests.  

Child Support Attorney Serving Nashville, Tennessee

Need help with child support? Contact Cynthia J. Bohn Attorney at Law to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward securing your child's future. I am committed to providing collaborative, intelligent, and fearless advocacy for your needs.