July 2016 | No. M2015-00194-COA-R3-CV (Tenn. Ct. App. 2016)

Thayer v. Thayer (Tennessee 2016)

The choice to work a lower paying job may mean the parent is voluntarily underemployed for purposes of child support. The parent’s decision must be reasonable in light of the obligation to support his or her child. The Court may consider these factors: past and present employment, education, training and ability to work, and other relevant factors. In this case, the Court found the father’s decision to leave a high paying job was not reasonable even though it found his testimony truthful.

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