Child support laws and guidelines are designed so that payments are used for the benefit of the child. However, courts typically don’t mandate how the child support payments are to be spent. Unless there is substantial evidence that the receiving parent is neglecting the child or involved in criminal acidity. The money the custodial parent receives can be spent in any way they choose.
Expenses child support is used for include:
- Basic food, clothing and shelter costs –including gas, electricity, water, rent
- Medical care and related insurance expenses
- Educational fees – including uniforms, tuition, textbooks, lunch money, private tutors
- Childcare fees – including day care, babysitting, nannies
- Entertainment expenses – including computers, television programs, internet access, outings, etc.
- Transportation and travel expenses – including the cost to maintain a car, gas fees, car payments, car insurance, vehicle registration, bus passes, etc.
- Extracurricular activities – activities that fall outside of regular school hours including summer camps, sports activities, dance, Girl Scouts, and other non-school related activities
- College expenses – in some circumstances the court may require a noncustodial parent to contribute to the cost of college, even after the child has reached mature age.
Call the Family Law team at Fulmer Law, PA 863.688.2220 to schedule a consultation and discuss your child support concerns. We promise to provide reliable legal advice for your child support case.