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Child support covers many financial factors

Child support can be used for a wide range of expenses and financial matters that pertain to raising a child. There's this myth that child support payments are limited to paying for a few things -- but that simply isn't true. There is also a myth that the court will always monitor a parents that is using child support payments to ensure that the parent is using the payments to support the child. This, too, isn't true.

A court will only monitor a parent's spending habits in relation to child support when that parent fails to fulfill the basic needs of the child. At that point, the court will monitor how the parent utilizes his or her child support payments in relation to their child's needs.

Child support itself can cover a lot of financial areas. The basic needs of the child, as should be obvious, are of the utmost importance. Paying for food, shelter, medical care, clothes and other necessities can be covered by child support.

Along the same lines, educational fees can be covered by child support. Supplies, extracurricular activities, even payments to go to school can be covered by child support.

One element that may not be considered often by parents is that transportation and entertainment can be covered by child support. So if you are traveling for a vacation, or if your child likes video games or going to movies, child support can actually cover these financial elements.

Source: FindLaw, "What Does Child Support Cover?," Accessed April 28, 2016

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