Parents who pay child support are often concerned that the money be actually used for the needs of the children, rather than their ex-spouse.
Child support is designed to cover the necessities, such as food, clothing, shelter, basic medical care, etc. In addition to a base amount of support, the parents may also be expected to pay additional amounts for extraordinary medical care, private schools, sports and other activities, and so on. In some states, the parents can be ordered to pay for all or part of college costs, as well.
So what if the receiving parent spends the money on themselves, rather than the children?
Usually, it doesn’t matter. As long as the children are not being neglected, the receiving parent does not have to account for how they spend the money. Some costs, such as the rent or mortgage, utilities, groceries, etc. are partially for the children and … Read More