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Child Support Archives

Uninsured medical expenses can be challenging matters

Child support payments cover many of the normal expenses involved in raising a child. Any parent who receives these payments can tell you that there are many costs of raising a child that aren't covered by child support. One area that can be particularly troublesome is medical care.

Child support is critical for the children

Parents who aren't in a relationship with their child's mother or father might have to pay child support. It is easy to think of this money as going to the other parent; however, it is actually going to the child. Since children are minors, it is impossible to pay the money directly to them so the custodial parent accepts it.

Child support and custody can work together for the child's good

Every aspect of parenting is hard enough under the best of circumstances. When you add in child custody matters, you might find that they are even more troublesome. We understand that you just want to find the solutions to the matters that are proving to be more challenging as you work with your ex on the custody terms.

Child support is often comingled with other household funds

Child support payments are meant to cover the expenses related to raising a child. This doesn't mean that the money is always going to go to the child. In face, there is often not a firm accounting of where child support goes since one parent receives the money from the other parent. This often makes understanding where the payments go a difficult concept.

Your child's security might depend on child support payments

Child support payments are an important consideration when parents who have a shared child aren't in a relationship with each other any longer. These payments are made from one parent to the other; however, they are meant to support the children. The recipient parent is merely a vessel through which the money flows.

Serious consequences come with a refusal to pay child support

Paying child support that is ordered by the court isn't optional. If you are told to pay up, you must do this according to the order. If you don't, you will likely face some stiff penalties. Child support enforcement efforts are made in the best interests in the child because the child shouldn't have to go without necessities because a parent doesn't feel like paying child support.

Most parents don't spend child support frivolously

A lot of questions come up when you are thinking about child support. One question that people paying the support usually ask is where the money is going. Some people falsely think that custodial parents are frivolous with child support money. This is usually very far from the truth.

Understand the child support order in your case

The child support order is something that you might not review very often, but it is very important that you understand what it says. There are many different things that you might find in this order. When most people think about child support, they think only about the monthly payments that one parent makes to the other parent. While this is a primary component, it isn't the only one there.

Thinking about whether child support is going to the child or not

We recently discussed the fact that some parents are concerned about how child support payments are being used. If you recall, these payments can be used for anything that the child needs. This is true even if it is something like paying the mortgage that benefits other people.