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Child support payments aren’t usually a favorite topic for the men and women who have to make these payments. In some cases, allegations about what the money is being used for are passed about. The money is meant to be used on a variety of expenses that pertain to the child. One thing that all parents have to remember is that these payments don’t have to be kept separate from other money that the recipient has.

When you think about the costs associated with raising a child, you can see that most child support orders aren’t providing the recipient with enough money to pay for all the child’s expenses and still have money left after. This point alone almost clearly refutes claims that child support is being used improperly. If the child’s needs are being met, child support is likely being used in the correct manner.

There are several things that parents can do with these support payments. They can cover the child’s basic needs, which include providing them a place to live, utilities, clothing and food. Childcare, entertainment, school expenses and extracurricular activities fees are also covered. Medical costs and travel expenses are others that might also come from this source.

Sometimes, parents do have a valid concern about how the child support money is being spent. When the child doesn’t have life’s basic necessities and it is clear that they are being neglected, this might be a good time to bring up these concerns. In the absence of this, it isn’t likely that courts are going to do much since recipient parents usually aren’t required to show how money is being spent.