Paying child support isn't something that most people look forward to doing. If you are ordered to pay, remember that this is a way that you can show your children that you support them even if you can't be there in person on a daily basis. Even if you have a positive attitude about this, you should still ensure that you are taking steps to protect yourself as you pay.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There is more to getting a child support modification than telling the court that you can no longer afford to make full and timely payments.