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How Long Do You Have To Pay Child Support in TN?


Parents want what’s best for their children. However, years of continuous child support payments can cause financial stress and leave you wondering when the payments will end. It’s important to refer back to your child support court order to know when you can officially stop making payments.

If you need the help of an experienced divorce and family law attorney, Flexer Law is here to help you fully understand the terms of your child support agreement so you can start planning for your future.

When Does Child Support End in Tennessee?

In Tennessee, you are ordered to continue paying child support until the child turns 18 or graduates from high school — whichever happens second. This is referred to as the “age of majority”. It is the legal age when an individual is no longer a minor and can make certain legal decisions on their own.

Terminating Child Support Orders

Many people don’t realize that they are obligated to continue making child support payments until a petition is filed with the court to terminate child support payments — even if the child is 18 and has graduated. This means that your child support garnishment or your obligation to send money will continue until you petition the court and receive a court order to stop payments.

In Tennessee, the procedure for stopping payments varies by county. Some counties require a simple filing motion, whereas others require that you file a petition to terminate support, which is a longer process. To avoid overpayment, it is best to plan ahead.

Nashville Child Support Attorneys

Flexer Law has been serving the legal needs of Middle Tennessee residents since 1981. If you need assistance filing a motion or petition to stop child support, contact Nashville child support attorney Lewis Williams at (615) 805-6374.

Flexer Law Office Locations for Family Law Attorneys

  • Nashville, TN
  • Murfreesboro, TN
  • Columbia, TN
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