Richard E. Fowlks, Attorney at Law

How should child support payments be used?

When one person pays child support to another, the money is meant to be used in the appropriate manner to raise the child or children.

It doesn't matter if you're making or receiving child support payments, it's important to know how the money is to be used.

Here are some of the many expenses it can cover:

  • Food, clothing and shelter: In the most basic form, child support can be used to cover these necessities.
  • Medical care: There are times when a child requires medical care that is not covered 100 percent by health insurance.
  • Educational fees: These include but are not limited to supplies, school fees, books, tutors and lunch money.
  • Child care: It's possible that both parents will work, meaning that the child or children require some type of care during the day. From day care to a nanny, child support can be used to help with this expense.
  • Entertainment: You don't want to go overboard, but many courts agree that child support can be used to provide a child with basic entertainment, which can include access to the internet, television and video games.
  • Extracurricular activities: Children often partake in extracurricular activities, such as sports, band and summer camps.

As a parent dealing with matters of child support after divorce, it's critical to know how these payments should be used.

Once you have a clear understanding, you can then keep a close eye on spending to ensure that payments are being used appropriately.

If you run into any issues with the other parent regarding child support, learn more about your legal rights and how to protect them.

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