TN Dad Loses $75K/Yr Job, Works @ Starbucks & Jailed for Child Support

Tennessee law case summary on child support, arrearages, contempt, and voluntary unemployment in Tennessee divorce and family law from the Tennessee Court of Appeals.

Teresa Ann Barrett Goodman v Jeffery Wayne Goodman – Child Support Arrearage, Contempt, and Willful Unemployment

The Mother, Teresa Goodman filed for divorce on January 18, 2008 from the Husband, Jeffery Goodman. The couple’s marriage lasted 16 years and, at the time of the divorce, they had a four minor children. The Father was a licensed real estate broker working for Prudential Collins-Maury. Right before the divorce was filed, he took a position with America’s Home Place because the position offered a $75,000 per year salary rather than commission. Continue reading

Voluntary Underemployment or Unemployment in Tennessee Child Support Guidelines

Voluntary Underemployment or Unemployment in Tennessee Child Support Guidelines

In Tennessee child support and divorce law, voluntary underemployment or unemployment has always been a hot topic. The incorporation of the income shares child support rules did not change Tennessee law.  They simply summarized what had been the law. Continue reading

Factors for Determining Voluntary Unemployment or Underemployment in Tennessee Child Support Law

Tennessee Child Support - Voluntary Unemployment or Underemployment

Tennessee Child Support – Voluntary Unemployment or Underemployment

Factors for determining voluntary unemployment or underemployment in Tennessee child support divorce law are intuitive. None are confusing. The law did not change with the adoption of the income shares model.  Many cases are not close calls.  Punching a boss in the face will cause anyone to lose a job. That is an intentional act. On the other hand, many people get laid off due to corporate downsizing.  That is not the fault of the parent.

But, what if a parent is suffering from clinical depression?  What if a parent is laid off, but had a long history of disciplinary issues?  What makes this challenging is the proof needed.  The story an unemployed parent may tell will almost always be questionable.  The only other objective witness may be the former employer.  A lawyer may need to issue a subpoena to determine what the personnel file discloses. Continue reading