When Child Support Exceeds the State Guidelines
Determining the amount of child support payments can be more complex when one parent has a high income or net worth. In some cases, the parent receiving child support payments requests an amount that exceeds the state's cap on child support. When this occurs, help from an experienced lawyer may be necessary.
If you are involved in a child support dispute over issues such as private school tuition or other needs in excess of Tennessee's child support caps, the Ewing Law Office LLC can help. We represent parents seeking or challenging these requests. To schedule a free 30-minute initial consultation, please call our Nashville office at (615) 800-3720.
Requesting Additional Support
In cases of high-asset divorce, the court must balance the income of the non-custodial parent with the reasonable needs of the children. You can request a higher amount of support if the children's needs require it. However, you must be able to demonstrate these needs to the court. The burden of proof lies with the parent requesting a deviation, higher or lower, from the statutory guidelines.
Child support is meant to meet a child's basic needs, such as food, shelter and health care expenses. For children from high-income families, however, child support may also address issues such as:
- Tuition for private school
- Art or music tutors
- Activities such as horseback riding, tennis or skiing
In some cases, the court will approve child support that exceeds the caps. Because a significant amount of money is involved, as well as your children's future, it is advisable to have an experienced attorney represent you in these matters.
Contact a Murfreesboro Child Support Attorney
Please call our office at (615) 800-3720 or contact us online to schedule a free 30-minute initial consultation.