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What can child support payments be used to pay for?

A recent post here discussed how child support is calculated in the courts following a divorce and child custody ruling. But, what exactly can child support be used for? The answer may surprise you. Despite what many people assume, child support payments can be used for much more than just the basic necessities of food and shelter.

The courts want to make certain that every effort is made to minimally impact a child's standard of living following a divorce. Child support payments can cover a wide range of costs and expenses that are necessary to keep a child happy and healthy. This may include, but is not limited to, all costs associated with a child's health and medical care, including doctor and hospital visits, co-pays, insurance, prescriptions, over-the-counter medications and supplies and even dental and eye-care costs.

Child support payments may also be used to cover a child's educational costs, including books and supplies, as well as extra-curricular activities, such as clubs, sports and musical instruments and lessons. Payments may also be used for a child's entertainment. This could include both toys and video games, as well as events such as a night at the movies, an amusement park and even for vacations.

It is always helpful to have an understanding of how the divorce process works and how decisions are made by the courts with regards to child support. As you enter into a divorce, it might be in your best interests to get more information about divorce law to help you along the way. The decisions that are made in divorce court could have a large effect on both your immediate and long-term future.

Source: Findlaw, "What Does Child Support Cover?" Accessed July 24, 2017

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