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What expenses can child support payments be used for?

Divorcing parents in Los Angeles will still need to raise and provide for their child, and usually joint provision is the best way to go about this. More often than not, this involves child support payments of some sort. Not only can it be difficult to determine what those payments should be, but it can also be hard to decide what they should be used for.

According to FindLaw, child support payments don't just cover the bare necessities of a child. Food, shelter and clothing should be a given. Child support payments are also used for enrichment, or non-essential things that will bring betterment to the child's life in some way. This can include, but is not limited to:

  • Afterschool activities 
  • Clubs or sports
  • Dances such as prom
  • Field trips
  • Application fees
  • Medical fees

However, there are also a few areas of expense that child support payments will likely not be able to cover. Sometimes, extracurricular activities will fall to the wayside if primary activities are too costly even with the help of support payments. Additionally, these payments can't be used for anything that does not directly benefit the child, such as purchases of clothing, jewelry, or entertainment devices for the use of someone else.

As the recipient of child support payments, it's up to you to ensure that the money is being used well and will enrich your child's life. If you would like more counseling regarding child support payments and how to put them to use, you may benefit from contacting an attorney.

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