McKellar & Easter, Attorneys at Law We protect what's most important
Contact Us For A Free Telephone Consultation

When can parents modify a child support order?

Parents in Tennessee are required to provide for the financial needs of their children until they are at least 18 years old. These financial needs can be costly as well. Every child needs food, shelter and clothing as the basics, but they have other needs as well. Young children may require child care and parents may need to pay for the children's health insurance and other medical costs. Children also are involved in various activities that have fees and may require certain equipment.

When parents divorce or separate, it is important that each parent is still contributing to these financial needs, but it can be more difficult when the parents are no longer together. That is why generally there will be a child support order to ensure both parents are continuing to contribute.

Child support may be ordered when the children are young though and can be in place for years. Another thing that parents know is that life changes over time. A child support order that was determined years earlier may no longer be feasible.

So, parents can modify a child support order if there has been a change in the circumstances. This could be one parent having an additional child not included in the original order; a significant change in income of either parent which would result in a 15 percent change in the child support order; a child is emancipated; a child becomes disabled or other reasons that demonstrate a significant change.

There are many parents in Tennessee who pay child support. At some point in time circumstances may change and an order may need to be modified. This can be done if the change is significant. These can be fact specific determinations though and it is important to know when the law allows for a modification. Experienced attorneys understand when a modification is appropriate and may be a useful resource.

Source: Tennessee Department of Human Services, "Modification of Child Support," accessed on Aug. 7, 2017

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Experienced. Committed. Respected.

Mr. McKellar was voted by his peers as a “Top Attorney” by Knoxville’s CityView Magazine in its 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 editions. In 2014, 2015, and 2016, Mr. McKellar was selected as a member of the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” by the National Trial Lawyers.

Ms. Easter was voted by her peers as a “Top Attorney” in Cityview Magazine for Family Law / Divorce / Child Support in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.

Mr. Devore was voted by his peers as a "Top Attorney" by Knoxville’s CityView Magazine for Social Security Disability in 2017. "

  • The National Trial Lawyers | Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Your Partner in Practice | KBA Proud member | Knoxville Bar Association
  • Avvo Rating 10.0 Superb
Start Now. Contact Us Today.

Have Questions? We Have Answers.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Office Locations

Knoxville Office
412 Ebenezer Road
Knoxville, TN 37923

Phone: 865-566-0125
Fax: 865-566-0126
Map & Directions

Nashville Office
424 Church Street, Suite 2000
Nashville, TN 37219

Map & Directions

Atlanta Office
Riverwood Center
3350 Riverwood Parkway, Suite 1900
Atlanta, GA 30339

Map & Directions