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What Exactly Does Child Support Pay For?

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Whether you are paying child support or receiving child support, you are going to want to know what exactly the child support is paying for. Some people assume child support only covers the bare necessities of a child including his or her food and clothing. However, child support is intended to cover much more than that, because the individual paying the child support is financially responsible for 50 percent of all his or her child's needs.

Bare Necessities: Food, Clothing, and Shelter

Naturally, every child needs clothing, shelter, and a lot of food. At bare minimum, the child support will be used to purchase groceries for the child. It can also be used to purchase clothing the child needs. It is important to keep in mind that this includes jackets, coats, shoes, and school clothing. The child support can also be used to help pay for bills related to the shelter of the child, including rent and utility expenses. In most cases, this does not include cable and internet bills as they are more of a want of the parent than a need of the child.

Medical Care

All children require medical care. Depending on where you live, one of the parents may be required to carry health insurance that covers their child. In most cases, the parent with better health coverage will be required to provide coverage for all of the child's medical needs.

Uninsured Expenses

In some situations, the child support may be needed to pay for medical expenses that are not covered by the insurance. This could include co-payments, surgery costs, or over-the-counter medication. Depending on where you live, most parents are required to split the cost of the uninsured medical expenses.

Educational Expenses

The unfortunate truth is that education is never free. Even if your child goes to a public school, he or she will still need supplies and clothing. Child support is commonly used to help a parent pay for everything his or her child needs to go to school including tuition, textbooks, tutors, and lunch money.

Transportation and Traveling

While it is not ideal for the child,, divorced or separated parents do not always live close to each other. Transporting your child back and forth between parents can be expensive. The child support can be used to help pay for getting the child back and forth between his or her parents.

In terms of transportation, the child support can also be used to make car payments or to pay for gas to get the child anywhere he or she needs to go.

Children are expensive, and the financial strain of supporting a child on your own can be overwhelming. Child support is intended to cover as many of the child's needs as possible to make it easier for a single parent to give his or her child everything the child needs in life. For more information, contact someone like Binsky Whittle lawyers.