Self-employment income in Tennessee Child Support Guidelines is one of the most difficult provisions to understand. The ins and outs are infinite. Tax returns, financial statements, depreciation schedules, and general ledgers are all source records which need review. Often, lawyers engage forensic accountants to pour over them and provide their expert opinions. Details matter. With self-employed parents, often there is a great deal of money at stake with both in child support and spousal support issues. Forensic accountants can provide a great of assistance. Continue reading
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