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Ethan, Hailey and Bentley’s law: Tennessee law requires drunk drivers to pay child support for victims

In Tennessee, a bill that would require drunk drivers to pay child support for their victims’ children is on its way to the governor’s desk.

Known as “Ethan, Hailey and Bentley’s Law,” courts can determine the amount of child support on a case-by-case basis based on the circumstances of the child’s surviving legal guardian.

The law requires anyone convicted of a traffic homicide for intoxication or aggravated traffic homicide if the victim is a parent of a minor child to pay compensation for each child until they are 18 and graduate from high school .

The law was named after two cases involving Tennessee children whose parents were killed by drunk drivers.

If a defendant is unable to pay while incarcerated, they have one year after their release to begin paying.

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Dais Johnston

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