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Explaining What Child Support Covers

Schwei & Wendt, S.C. Nov. 20, 2018

Asking the other parent of your child to pay child support is not as easy as it might seem. The other parent might deny this request to the point where you have to take them to court in order to receive payment. Once you wind up receiving payments it’s important to know what it can be used for when caring for your child. Below are the most common uses for child support.

The most important uses for child support are the basic necessities. The money should be used first to feed, clothe and house your child — so there’s nothing prohibiting you from using child support to pay for things like rent, utility bills and food. It doesn’t matter that you also benefit from these expenses.

Children deserve an education. Even if your child goes to public school you will need to pay various fees, such as activity fees, sports fees, book fees, technology fees and more. You can use child support to pay for these fees.

Do you need childcare for your child because of work? Child support payments can be used to cover the cost of childcare. This includes paying to have the child go to a daycare, fees for in-school aftercare and even paying for someone to care for your child in your home.

Medical care is another use for child support payments. You can use child support to pay doctor fees, prescription costs and any other out-of-pocket expenses related to the health of your child.

As you can see, there’s a lot that child support can be used for in Brookfield, Wisconsin. If you have questions about the child support payments you receive, you should speak with your family law attorney immediately.