The right and wrong way to spend child support

By |2022-04-07T19:40:05+00:0021 Dec 2015|Categories: Child Support|

The right and wrong way to spend child support

It is a common misconception that child support is designed to cover the basic necessities of life. Child support is actually intended to be spent on a wide variety of expenses. While it is the hope of every paying parent that their child support payments are going to the direct benefit of their children, the spending habits of one parent may have the other questioning their decisions.

Child support is a payment from one parent to the other designed to help cover the expenses associated with raising a child. They may be used for food, shelter, clothing and even entertainment and educational expenses. If the exact use of child support is not covered in great detail in a parenting plan or divorce agreement, what the receiving parent chooses to do with child support is essentially left to their discretion. While the paying parent cannot demand proof of how exactly the child support is being spent, they may be able to seek help from the family court if they believe child support is being mismanaged.

It is very difficult for a paying parent to prove that their child support is being misused. Since child support payments may be used to cover most expenses associated with raising a child, identifying misuse typically only happens when the basic needs of a child are not being met. The family court awards child support to help cover those basic needs, so if those basic needs are not met, the family court will likely want to know why. Depending on the severity of the misuse, the family court may make a modification to the child support order, or make other arrangements to prevent it from continuing.

Parents concerned that their child support payments are being misused may benefit by speaking to a family law attorney. With their help, this financial abuse may be identified and addressed by the family court.

About the Author:

Dorie Anne Rogers - The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC
Dorie A. Rogers, a Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California, has been an attorney since 1981 with an exclusive family law practice located in Orange County. She is accepting dissolution cases with support and property issues including the use of forensics to ascertain business value, community interests and to establish monthly case flow analysis. Ms. Rogers has substantial experience in high conflict custody litigation involving sophisticated psychological issues. She drafts premarital and postmarital agreement designed to define and establish parties' separate and community property interests. Paternity cases and domestic violence matters are considered part of her practice. Ms. Rogers is a court-approved and court-appointed to represent minor children.Ms. Rogers consults with individuals concerned about entering or exiting a relationship. She advises effective strategies for dissolution or premarital planning. Knowledge is power and good planning affords better results.Specialties: Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California
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