Tennessee Department of Human Services (DHS) Child Support Program
“In Tennessee, the Department of Human Services administers the Child Support Program. Offices are located across the state in all 31 Judicial Districts. The services are provided through local district attorneys, DHS staff and private agencies under contract with the state.
If you are having difficulty obtaining child support for your child(ren) or wish to establish paternity of your child(ren), the Department of Human Services can help. The Child Support Program provides services that promote parental responsibility to meet the financial needs of children and their families.
The following services are available through the Child Support Program:
- Location of a child’s parent(s) for the purpose of obtaining support or establishing paternity,
- Establishment of paternity,
- Establishment and enforcement of child support orders,
- Establishment and enforcement of medical support,
- Collection and distribution of payments,
- Modification of child support orders, and
- Enforcement of spousal support orders, if child support is involved.” — DHS
Child support is determined by a number of factors, including the income of both parents, the number of children involved, and the costs associated with raising those children. The Tennessee child support guidelines are designed to ensure that children receive the financial support they need in order to meet their basic needs.
When determining child support payments, Tennessee courts will consider the income of both parents, the number of children involved, the child’s age and health needs, the cost of childcare, and the amount of time each parent spends with the child. Tennessee courts have a great deal of flexibility in terms of how child support payments are calculated, and they will always consider the best interests of the child when making a determination.
If you are dealing with child support issues, it is important to seek the advice of an experienced attorney who can help you navigate the complex legal process or seek out guidance from your local Tennessee child support service agency.