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When Does Child Support End in Tennessee?

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Many parents who later separate will have several legal decisions and obligations to meet, including child support. Some may assume that any child support will end as soon as a child turns 18 years old; however, that is not always the case.

Child Support in Tennessee

Child support is determined by using a child support worksheet. This worksheet considers both parents' incomes, the number of children, the amount of time each parent spends with the children, and other factors. If the court decides child support is necessary, then one parent will pay the other parent a certain amount of money each month to help cover the costs of raising the children.

When is Child Support Not Needed?

There are a few situations when child support may not be needed, such as if the child is 18 years old or older, if the child is married, or if the child is self-sufficient. However, if the child is still in high school, then child support will still most likely be ordered until the child graduates from high school. This is also known as the age of the majority.

Child support may also be required well beyond a child turning 18 years old if that child cannot care for themselves due to mental or physical incapacitation.

When Can I Stop Making Child Support Payments?

The court will determine when child support payments no longer need to be made. If the court did not issue a predetermined time then either the local child support office or a family law attorney can assist with this matter.

What Peterson White, LLP Can Do For Me

The legal team at Peterson White, LLP is ready to answer your family law questions. Whether you need answers about child support payments, custody arrangements, or other matters, count on our experienced attorneys to be ready to assist. Reach out to Peterson White, LLP online or by phone. (855) 919-4124