Child Support in Tennessee
New Tennessee Child Support Guidelines Effective Immediately (September, 2008)
The Department of Human Services has notified the Administrative Office of the Courts that effective immediately, new child support guidelines must be applied to every judicial or administrative action to establish, modify or enforce child support that is taken on of after August 12, 2008, regardless of when the action was initiated or filed. The amended guidelines and the new child support worksheet are available on the Internet Income Shares Tutorial website at: http://www.tn.gov/humanserv/is/incomeshares.html
Tennessee has child support guidelines which are presumed to be reasonable unless rebutted by evidence to the contrary. In other words, they are mandatory except when a legal reason for deviating from them exists.
NOTICE: Tennessee law has changed from flat percentage guidelines to an income
shares model. Please call the Hoffman Law and Mediation office at (901) 754 9994 for more information.
Child Support Resources
- Rules of the Tennessee Department of Human Services – Child Support Division
- Memphis Bar Association Resources for the Public
- Tennessee State Income Shares Tutorial
- Tennessee State Income Shares Worksheets
- (The most recent calculator version is from September, 2008)
NOTE: Amendments to the Child Support Guidelines went into effect June 26,
- Effective that same date, the Income Shares Worksheets (ISW) were also
modified. Version 2 of the Microsoft Excel ISW and Version 3 of the child support
calculator (both in effect as of September 12, 2006) incorporate important
changes that can and probably will change your previous child support obligations.
Data entry fields are shaded light blue on the newest version.
Helpful Telephone Numbers:
Child support information line: 1-800-838-6911
Tennessee Paternity acknowledgment program Hotline: 1-800-457-2165