Child and Spousal Support

Child Support

Permanent Parenting Plan

All couples who have children in the State of Tennessee must have a Permanent Parenting Plan (PPP) before a divorce will be granted. If the parties cannot agree upon the details then the Judge will make the decision. The Permanent Parenting Plan should include all aspects of what pertains to the children:

  • Day to Day Schedules of the Children
  • Work Schedules of the Parents
  • Educational Needs
  • Who Will Provide Transportation to Functions
  • Holiday Schedules of all Parties
  • Child Support Formula Worksheet
  • Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • Additional Medical Expenses
  • Extracurricular Activities of the Children

Tennessee has a child support formula. It is based on both parties’ income tax returns, pay stubs, verification of the income of both parents. An attorney must sign the PPP confirming that they have reviewed these documents and indicate that the child support complies with the Child Support Guidelines.

Spousal Support and Alimony:

There are several factors in determining whether a judge will or will not grant alimony and we will go over those factors at your initial consultation. However, there is not a formula for alimony in the State of Tennessee, it is on a case-by-case basis and completely in the judge’s discretion. If alimony is an issue and you need to go to trial, it is imperative that you have an experienced attorney who will be able to prove the evidence in your favor.