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What can child support be used for?

On Behalf of | Mar 20, 2024 | Child Support |

Co-parents sometimes disagree about how child support payments can be used. The parent who is paying, for example, may dispute some of the uses or feel that the other parent is using the money for themselves instead of for the child.

In order to avoid these disputes, it’s important for parents on both sides to understand what child support is intended to cover. Below are a few areas to consider.

Everyday expenses

First of all, raising children incurs a lot of expenses for transportation, shelter, clothing, food and much more. Child support can be used for a portion of these costs, as they relate to that child’s needs.

Some educational costs

Educational costs are not always covered, but child support may be used for certain expenses. It can also sometimes be used to cover the cost of extracurricular activities, such as being in a high school band or on a sports team.

School supplies

Speaking of educational costs, school supplies certainly are applicable. Child support can be used for lunch money, notebooks, pencils and pens, calculators, rain boots, outdoor clothing and much more. Some types of technology or devices may also be included if they are used for school – such as a tablet.

Are you involved in a dispute?

You may find yourself in a dispute with your co-parent over how child support is being used. No matter which side of this dispute you’re on, it is certainly important to find a solution and to ensure that the child’s needs always come first. Make sure that you are well aware of the legal options at your disposal.