No Deviation for Extraordinary Travel Expenses Affirmed in Chattanooga, Tennessee Child-Support Dispute: In re Conner F.

Facts: Mother and Father are the never-married parents of Child. Mother lives in Tennessee. Father lives in Colorado. In a child-custody dispute, the Tennessee trial court designated Mother as the primary residential parent and provided that Father could exercise parenting time with Child in Tennessee. The trial court also established Father’s child-support obligation. Notably, the […]

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Refusal to Award Child Support Retroactive to Birth Affirmed in Gallatin, TN Paternity Matter: Carr v. Sutton

Facts: Mother gave birth to Child in 1996. No father was listed on the birth certificate. When Child was 17 years old, the State petitioned to establish paternity and require the father to provide health insurance for Child. DNA testing confirmed Father’s paternity a few months before Child’s 18th birthday. An order was entered, but […]

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Child-Support Issues Raised in Williamson Co., TN: Sansom v. Sansom

Facts: Mother and Father are the divorced parents of Child. This appeal involved several postdivorce disputes, only two of which are noteworthy: the dispute over what constitutes a “day” for child-support purposes, and the trial court’s calculation of Father’s gross income for child-support purposes. Regarding the calculation of parenting time, Father argued the agreed parenting […]

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Which Version of Tennessee’s Child Support Guidelines Are Used to Determine Retroactive Child Support?: Maher v. Woodruff

Facts: Mother and Father divorced in 1998. At the time of the divorce, they shared custody of their two children. Father was ordered to pay $1500 per month in child support. Less than a year later, after Mother’s chronic mental illness prevented her for caring for the children, the court transferred custody of the children […]

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Third-Party Caregiver’s Impact on Child Support Examined in Memphis, TN: State ex rel. Williams v. Woods

Facts: This case involves the never-married parents of Child. The trial court had to determine Father’s retroactive child support obligation/arrearage after Child had graduated from high school and became an adult. The time period at issue was Child’s four years in high school. Mother has multiple sclerosis. Although she continued to work as a dispatcher, […]

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Allocation of Travel Expenses After Parental Relocation Affirmed in Williamson County, TN: Dahl v. Young

Facts: Mother and Father divorced in 2010. Mother was named the primary residential parent and was awarded 223 days of parenting time to Father’s 142 days. Two years later, Mother married an officer in the United States Navy. Mother’s husband received orders requiring him to move to Virginia. Mother notified Father of her desire to relocate […]

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Child Support Increase Reversed in Pulaski, TN: McFarland v. Bass

Facts: Mother and Father, parents to two daughters, were divorced. By agreement, Father was designated the primary residential parent and Mother enjoyed 156 days of parenting time. Mother was ordered to pay child support of $364 per month. The following year, Mother petitioned to change custody. Father answered, denying that a material change of circumstances […]

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Calculation of Parenting Time for Child Support Reversed in Murfreesboro: Allen v. Allen

Facts: When Mother and Father divorced, Mother was designated the primary residential parent of Child. Mother was allocated 280 days of parenting time while Father received 85 days. Father was ordered to pay child support. Years later, Mother petitioned to modify Father’s child support based on several reasons, including a change in both parents’ income […]

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Calculation of Parenting Time for Child Support Reversed in Nashville Divorce: Hooper v. Hooper

Facts: After approximately 9 years of marriage, Father and Mother divorced. They have five children. The trial court designated Father as the primary residential parent. Mother was awarded parenting time every other Thursday from 6:00 PM until the following Monday morning when she took the children to school or to their grandmother’s home. Mother also received parenting […]

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Alimony From Other Parent Not Considered Income for Child Support Purposes in Chattanooga: Ghorashi-Bajestani v. Bajestani

Facts: The parties divorced after an eight-year marriage. Mother was designated the primary residential parent, and Father was awarded 90 days of parenting time each year. Years later, Father filed a petition seeking modification of his child support obligation that raised several issues. The only issue that interests me is whether the court should include […]

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