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Child support payments can be co-mingled with household funds

As the parent who pays child support, you might want to know where the money is going. Many individuals find it difficult to hand money over to their ex, even if it is for their children. Unfortunately, there might not be an opportunity for you to find out how your child's other parent is spending the money. We know this is difficult to accept, but don't let it stop you from making payments as ordered by the court.

Understand how financial support works for your children

Parents who have a child custody order will also have a child support order that determines how the child's monetary needs are handled. This order usually covers which parent is responsible for making support payments to the other parent. It also covers other points, such as who will carry the children on their insurance, how extraordinary medical bills will be handled, and what happens if the child has daycare or other necessary bills.

Uninsured medical expenses are usually included in support orders

When you think of child support, you might only think of the regularly occurring payments that go to your ex to pay for your child's needs. While these are a major chunk of what you will pay, there might be others too. For example, many child support orders require that both parents cover uninsured medical costs for the children.

Child support payments benefit your children, not your ex

One contentious area of child custody cases is the assignment of child support. The paying parent might not mind supporting their child but might resent having to give the payments to their ex. Still, these court-ordered payments must be made as ordered by the court. Failing to provide the financial support to your children can lead to you being incarcerated.

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