Legal Question in Family Law in Tennessee

back child support

Is jail time mandatory for back child support arrearages? Will the judge possibly allow payments even if I'm in civil contempt?

Asked on 7/28/06, 10:05 am

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Autry Jones Jones & Landers, Attorneys At Law

Re: back child support

Jail time is not mandatory. The judge/referee must find you in contempt for your failure to pay the support as ordered. Even after finding you in contempt a sentence must be imposed before jail time begins. And even after jail time is imposed a purge amount is uusually set as a "get out of jail amount". I would consult an attorney if you are in the midst of a contempt proceeding. Call. I can help.

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Answered on 7/31/06, 1:54 pm

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