TN Father Claimed Income Down from $700K/yr Sought Child Support Lowered

Tennessee law case summary on child support and income determination for modification in Tennessee divorce and family law from the Tennessee Court of Appeals.

Thomas James Milam, Jr v Donna Lisa Vinson Milam – Tennessee Child Support Income Determination

Donna Milam, Mother, and Thomas Milam, Jr, Father, divorced in August of 1997. The Mother was named primary residential parent of the two minor children. The Father was ordered to pay $4,500 per month in child support. He was also required to pay $2,500 per month in rehabilitative alimony for 48 months. In 2000, the Father filed a petition to modify the child support, which was denied by the trial court.

In June of 2010, the Father filed a petition for modification of support and for criminal contempt. He alleged his gross monthly income had decreased as a result of a pay off agreement concerning his place of employment. He wanted the child support payments reduced to $2,182 per month. He also alleged the Mother was in contempt due to failing to return the children in a timely fashion on May 8, 2010. The mother filed a motion to dismiss and the trial court denied it. The Mother and Father then filed various motions related to discovery including a protective order, which was granted by the court. Continue reading