Just because a court has ordered child support payments does not mean the court can never change its mind as to the amount ― especially if circumstances change. In fact, child support is expressly modifiable under both Tennessee and Mississippi law, but only in certain situations.
If you have questions about changing child support obligations in Tennessee or Mississippi, the dedicated attorneys and legal professionals at the Thomas Family Law Firm, PLC, are here to help. We focus only on family law and strive to provide each client with personalized, one-on-one attention. Do not trust your case to another firm.
Can Child Support Ever Be Modified?
A Tennessee court can modify child support payments if you can show that a significant variance exists. Generally, Tennessee law defines a significant variance as a 15 percent or greater difference between the amount of the original child support calculation and the amount if calculated today using current income levels.
For instance, if a parent experiences a significant change in income ― either up or down ― a change in child support is possible. In many cases, this occurs when a parent gets a promotion or, alternatively, loses his or her job. However, a modification to child support may also be warranted if the custody arrangement or parenting time has drastically changed since the court first ordered support.
Similarly, child support is also modifiable in Mississippi, although the laws are not necessarily the same as in Tennessee. To learn more, it is best to contact experienced legal representation.
Wondering If You Can Change Your Child Support Payments? We Can Help.
Child support modifications are not always as easy as they seem, so we encourage you to consult with one of our lawyers regarding these and other related issues. You can reach us online or by calling 901-537-0010. While our office is located in Germantown, we help family law clients throughout the surrounding areas, including Memphis and North Mississippi.