What is my child support paying for?

To many people who are making regular child support payments, it feels as though they are giving up far too much of their paycheck to supporting a child that they rarely get to see. Without a constant relationship with a child, it may be difficult to tell just what kind of effect, if any, child support payments are having. You may even question what your money is being spent on, and why you are spending so much.

While there will always be exceptions and outliers, the vast majority of child support payments are not simply gobbled up by the custodial parent in order to pay for frivolities. Some people fear this possibility, and it adds to the resentment that the phrase "child support" invokes. In reality, child support is used to assist the custodial parent with things that are necessary for the child's well-being and upbringing.

Ultimately the courts decide what is best for the child, and this is largely what determines how much child support a person pays. Some of the things that child support is supposed to help pay for are:

  • Necessities such as food, clothing, shelter and more. This can include jackets for winter weather in colder climates, as well as utility bills or cable bills and more.
  • Medical care to ensure that the child is able to have regular health checkups and receive any kind of assistance he or she needs to fix health issues.
  • Educational fees, which includes necessities such as school supplies and tuition if the child attends a private school or needs a uniform.
  • Child care services such as day care or babysitters if one or both parents are unable to care for the child due to work or other such obligations.

There are many more areas that child support may cover, such as entertainment and even college expenses, which is why child support can often seem like so much money. Raising a child is not cheap, and when you calculate all of the expenses that go into child care and upbringing, you may gain a better understanding of how child support is calculated. If you would like to learn more about where your child support is going, or if you believe that a Florida court ordered too much in child support, consider meeting with a family law attorney.

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