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How Can You Collect Child Support If Your Ex Stops Paying?

How Can You Collect Child Support If Your Ex Stops Paying?

A petition for civil contempt is one of the most effective ways to force a parent to pay child support if they simply have stopped paying. A petition for contempt is a document that asks the court to hold the parent in contempt for failing to pay child support. The court is given the power to hold the parent in contempt under Tenn. Code Ann. 29-9-104. You may start the process by having your Tennessee lawyer draft the petition and…

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How Much Life Insurance Do You Need After Divorce?

How Much Life Insurance Do You Need After Divorce?

Thanks to Stephen M. Worrall at his Georgia Family Law Blog for his post on this subject. The issue of life insurance in divorce agreements often comes up. The following information by Ann O Flanagan is helpful in determining how much insurance a spouse shoudl have after a divorce: Experts believe that a surviving spouse with children needs at least $100,000.00 worth of insurance for every $500.00 of pre-tax income. If you require $3,000.00 a month ($36,000.00 per year) to…

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Can a Parent Go To Jail For Failing To Pay Child Support?

Can a Parent Go To Jail For Failing To Pay Child Support?

In Tennessee, a parent can be placed in jail for violating a child support order if the parent has the ability to pay. Courts have civil contempt powers that can be used to enforce their orders. The parent who is owed money may file a petition for contempt against the parent that owes the child support. If the court finds that there is an order for child support and the parent has not paid, the burden is then on the…

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