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If I Only Have One Child, How Long do I Have to Pay Child Support?

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A common question among parents paying child support is when they will no longer be obligated to continue payments.

According to Tennessee law, a parent paying child support must continue payments until their child turns 18 and has graduated high school, or at least through the class they are currently enrolled.

The T.C.A. 34-1-102(b) specifically reads:
“Parents shall continue to be responsible for the support of each child for whom they are responsible after the child reaches eighteen (18) years of age if the child is in high school. The duty of support shall continue until the child graduates from high school or the class of which the child is a member when the child attains eighteen (18) years of age graduates, whichever occurs first.”

Keep in mind, though, that although additional child support payments will end after this time, you must still pay any back child support still owed. Rather than support an adult, you are actually repaying the costs that were required to help your child grow.

If you are having trouble paying child support and feel like your payments need to be lowered, or if your spouse has been late on multiple payments and something needs to be done about it, finding an accomplished child support attorney is your next best step.

Our attorneys are some of the best child support professionals in Tennessee, and they will represent your case with deft expertise.  Contact us today to see how we can help you.

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