Figuring out child support payments can be confusing under the best of circumstances, but some states are working to make these calculations easier. Tennessee provides an online child support calculator in the form of a downloadable Excel spreadsheet or an app. Parents income isn't the only thing the courts take into account when deciding payment amounts.
Child Support Calculator
Once you download the calculator, you'll need the following information to complete your calculations:
- Both parents' monthly gross income (before taxes)
- The amount of any Federal benefits received
- The amount of any self-employment taxes paid
- The number of additional children under each parent's care
- The amount of child support allotted to the primary parent according to the state's Basic Child Support Obligations (BSCO)
- Each parent's average parenting time
- The amount of each child's health insurance premiums
- Any recurring uninsured medical expenses
- The cost of work-related child care for each parent
Detailed guidelines can also be found on the Tennessee Department of Human Services website.
Making and Receiving Child Support Payments
The Tennessee Child Support Program has been put in place to make the process easier for custodial and non-custodial parents alike. It was created to ensure that the financial needs of all children are met. Parents receiving child support payments will be issued a Tennessee Way2Go debit card which is a convenient and secure way to receive funds.
Parents can find a listing of child support payments online.
Documents Needed to Apply for Child Support
When applying for child support services, it helps to provide as much of the following information as you can:
- Full name, address, and phone number of the parent who is responsible for support and date at last address
- Date of birth and physical description (or photograph) of the non-custodial parent
- Social Security Numbers of all parties. Based on section 466(a)(13) of the Social Security Act [42 U.S.C. 666(a)(13)], you are required to disclose your Social Security number to the Child Support agency. It will be used by the State's Child Support Program to locate individuals for the purposes of establishing paternity, and establishing, modifying, and enforcing support obligations.
- Birth Certificate for each child
- Listing of all legal actions relating to child support and/or paternity which have taken place
- Certified copies of orders and payment records
- Date and place of marriage, divorce or separation
- Whether you have contacted an attorney regarding support and/or paternity
- Name and address of the current or most recent employer of the non-custodial parent and his or her gross/net income, if known
- Names of friends and relatives of the non-custodial parent and organizations to which the non-custodial parent belongs
- Any other information about income or property of the non-custodial parent such as cars, boats, or homes
- Whether you receive or have ever received Families First (or AFDC), or Medicaid, and if you wish a health insurance order to be pursued
- Type of Medical plan the non-custodial parent has and the policy number, if known