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Modifying A Child Support Order In Tennessee


The purpose of child support is ensure that when parents are living separately, the economic impact on the children is minimized, and to help parents equitably cover children’s daily living expenses. However, in the ensuing months and years after an initial child support order is established, situations may change for either parent or the children. When this occurs, it may be necessary to seek a modification of the child support order, and the experienced family law attorneys at Fort, Holloway, & Rogers may be able to help. Call the office or contact us today in Williamson County to schedule a consultation and learn more.

What qualifies as grounds for modification?

In order to qualify for a modification of child support, the parent requesting the change must be able to show that there is a “significant variance” in the current child support order and the proposed new child support amount. In Tennessee, a “significant variance” is defined as a fifteen percent (15%) change in the child support amount; this can be a child support increase or decrease. However, there is one exception to the “significant variance” requirement in order to modify child support. If the need to provide for a child’s health care arises, a child support order can be modified regardless of whether there is a “significant variance.”

If you believe that your family’s circumstances may warrant a modification of child support, it is important to contact an attorney quickly to ensure your rights are preserved.

Talk to Our Office Today

Are you interested in learning more about whether your circumstances qualify for a modification in child support payments in Williamson County? If so, the knowledgeable Franklin family law attorneys at Fort, Holloway, & Rogers are here to help. Call the office or contact us today to learn more.

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