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Child Support & Spousal Support (Alimony)


Determining the appropriate support for a child is very important for you and your child.  Make certain you get legal advice about the correct way to calculate child support.  Tennessee law bases child support on several factors.  Child support is based on the number of days each parent has with the child during the year, the monthly gross incomes of each parent, the cost of the child’s health insurance, recurring uninsured medical expenses for the child and the cost of work-related child care.  A parent’s obligation to support other children that live inside or outside that parent’s home factors into the child support determination.   Deviation from the child support determination may be warranted if certain facts exist and are explained and accepted by the Judge.  In addition to the calculation of child support, determining which parent claims a child as a dependent on tax returns, who pays for health, dental and vision insurance for a child and how unreimbursed health care expenses are paid by the parents can have significant financial impact on a parent.  Our attorneys have the knowledge and experience you need to obtain a correctly child support determination. 


Alimony is often the most contentious issue in a divorce.  Alimony is based on the need of a spouse for support and the ability of the other spouse to pay that support.   Need and ability to pay are not simple determinations.  If alimony is appropriate, the duration and type of alimony can have significant financial impact on the spouse receiving alimony and the spouse paying alimony.  Tennessee has four types of alimony, and which type of alimony is appropriate in your case determines if alimony can be modified and when the alimony ends.  Our experienced attorneys can provide you with the advice and representation required when alimony is an issue in your case.