Tennessee Child Support
How to Apply for Child Support in Tennessee
Any custodial parent, non-custodial parent or caretaker of a child who requires services may apply to the Tennessee Child Support Program.
How is the Amount of Child Support Determined in Tennessee?
Tennessee calculates support payments based on the number of children involved, the net monthly income of the non-custodial parent and any support amounts paid to other children by a non-custodial parent.
How to Claim and Pay TN Child Support
Most support payments in Tennessee are made through income withholding and received via Tennessee's Way2Go Card.
Child Support Performance Stats for Tennessee
The performance of the state's child support program is assessed each fiscal year by the Tennessee Department of Human Services.
Statistics for Regular On-Time Payments Collection
Other Incentive Performance Measures
|Statewide Paternity Establishment (%)
|IV-D Paternity Establishment (%)
|Support Order Establishment (%)
Total Number of Children in the Child Support Program
Total Distributed Collections and Total Administrative Expenditures ($ Millions)
|Total Distributed Collections ($)
|Total Distributed to Families ($)
|Total Administrative Expenditures ($)
Average Collections per Case with Collections
Can Child Support Be Paid Early in Tennessee?
While a lump sum can be paid, paying a support obligation early does not guarantee that an obligation can't increase as circumstances change.
What Will Happen if You fall Behind Child Support Payment in Tennessee?
Tennessee typically relies on administrative tools before getting the court involved when trying to enforce support that is past due.
Can You Get Alimony and Support at the Same Time in Tennessee?
Yes, you can receive both alimony and support payments in Tennessee without any conflict.
Can You Stop the Support Payments in TN?
A non-custodial parent cannot simply stop payments without first requesting a review.
Tennessee Child Support Calculator
TN Child Support Payments and Taxes
Child support generally has no impact on the taxes of the payer or the recipient in Tennessee.
Can Child Support Payments Be Claimed on Taxes in Tennessee?
No, you cannot claim support payments on taxes in Tennessee.
How Does My Child Support Affect My Taxes in Tennessee?
Support payments cannot be claimed as income or used as deductions in Tennessee.
Can Child Support Take My Federal Tax Return?
A parent who does not stay current with support payments may have their federal and state tax refunds confiscated.
The Tennessee Department of Human Services works with local child support offices within the state to make it as easy as possible for both parents to establish paternity.
How Do You Establish Paternity in Tennessee?
Paternity is established automatically when a child is born while parents are married when a mother signs a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity (VAoP) or through court involvement.
What Rights Does a Father Have If Not on a Birth Certificate in Tennessee?
A father does not have any rights or financial obligations until paternity is established.
Can a Mother Refuse Me a Paternity Test?
Paternity can be established through a court order regardless of either parent's willingness.
How to Establish Paternity If the Father Is Deceased?
The DNA of a family member is often acceptable.
Can a Father Get a Paternity Test Without the Mother in Tennessee?
Results from a private DNA lab will be accepted as long as a test has been conducted legally.
How Long Does a Father Have to Establish Paternity in Tennessee?
Fathers can sign a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity (VaoP) at the hospital or by appointment at the local health department. Paternity in Tennessee can be established until a child turns 21.
Support Order Establishment
Tennessee support orders can be established once an application has been completed, a non-custodial parent has been located and paternity has been established. Download Forms (scrolls to forms).
TN Child Support Orders
Support orders will remain the same once they have been established unless a parent requests changes
Can Child Support Be Modified in TN?
Yes, a modification can be requested after an order is established.
A request for a change can be made at any time in Tennessee as long as documentation indicating that a change in circumstances has occurred is provided if a review has already taken place within the last two years.
How Do I File for a Modification of Child Support in TN?
Both parents have the right to request a review for the modification of a support order at any point in time.
Can a Support Order Be Appealed?
A written request for an appeal must be submitted to the DHS Division of Appeals and Hearings and sent to the following address:
Division of Appeals and Hearings
P.O. Box 198996
Nashville, TN 37219-8996
Do you need a lawyer to modify the TN child support?
Legal representation is typically recommended when requesting a support modification.
Child Support Enforcement
How Long Does Child Support Enforcement Take in Tennessee?
Enforcement timetables will depend on the cooperation of both parents and whether or not a non-custodial parent can be easily identified and located.
What to do when the Tennessee child support is not paid?
Contact your local support office.
What Happens If You Don't Pay Child Support in Tennessee?
The list of actions that support enforcement agents may take includes taking wages, suspending licenses, seizing property, intercepting tax refunds and pressing charges.
How Much Overdue Child Support Payment Can Be Considered a Felony in Tennessee?
The support that is overdue by two years or that totals $10,000 or more.
Can Child Support Debt Be Forgiven in Tennessee?
Support debt in Tennessee may be waived with permission from the Tennessee court and a settlement agreement that is signed by both parties.
Terminating TN Child Support Orders
How Do I Stop a Child Support Order in Tennessee?
Support can only be stopped when a child reaches the age when support ceases or if a qualifying event happens.
When Can I Apply for Child Support Termination?
When a child becomes emancipated, gets married or quits school and gets a job.
Can the Custodial Parent Close a Support Case?
A custodial parent can close a case and refuse services as long as they are not receiving public assistance.
When Does Child Support End in TN??
When a child reaches the appropriate legal age or if some other qualifying circumstance occurs.
18 years old or when a child graduates from high school with his or her regularly scheduled class.
Tennessee Hearing Rights
Both parents have hearing rights when it comes to establishing paternity and appealing orders. Download Forms (scrolls to forms).
Tennessee Child Support Laws and Guidelines
Tennessee has guidelines in place to establish how much support can be collected and the purpose of support payments. Download Forms (scrolls to forms).
Tennessee Child Support Coverage
What Is Tennessee Child Support Meant to Cover?
Basic necessities like food, shelter, clothing, and access to educational resources covered by Tennessee Child Support laws.
Does Child Support Cover Medical Care Expenses?
Yes, medical expenses and insurance coverage can be worked into a support order.
What If Both Parents Are Working? Will Child Support Cover Childcare Services in Tennessee?
Work-related child care costs are factored in when determining support amounts.
Are Car Maintenance Costs Covered by Child Support?
Most costs related to transportation are covered through child support.
What Is Considered Basic Entertainment for Child Support?
Access to the Internet, television shows, movies and more.
Are School and College Expenses Covered by Child Support?
No, a parent is not required to make support payments covering college expenses.
Fees for school-related activities and field trips are typically covered.
Are Extracurricular Activities Covered by Support in Tennessee?
Yes, fees for extracurricular activities are typically covered through support.
Tennessee Child Support Offices
|Child Support Office
|Medical Care Building 1500 W. Elk Avenue, Suite 206 Elizabethton, TN
County Child Support Offices in TN
|Anderson County, TN Oak Ridge Child Support Office
|26 Kentucky Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830
|Lincoln County, TN Fayetteville Child Support Office
|103 South Main, P.O. Box 878, Fayetteville, TN 37334
|Carroll County, TN Huntingdon Child Support Office (Main Office)
|100 Court Square, P.O. Box 99, Huntingdon, TN 38344