• Minimum Wage

    Bring up those issues with the court is usually a pointless exercise, so I wouldn’t even bother suggesting it.

  • burgundydurango

    I agree with Minimum Wage that it is pointless to mention it in court unless you’ve got some kind of crazy proof that the child(ren) isn’t being provided for. The parent receiving the support can easily argue (and rightly so, i think) that the support they’ve spent on themselves is replacing funds in their own budget which they spent on the child. I’ve been paying child support for 14 years on my two daughters (yes, I’m current on all my payments), in addition to extra money here and there when necessary, and though I may not support all of the financial decisions they’re mother makes but I also don’t really have any say. It’s her budget and as long as the girls are well cared for (they are) then that’s all I can really worry about. I should add that the best financial decision you can make if you are the one paying support is this: DON’T FALL BEHIND IN YOUR PAYMENTS!!! It’s more difficult to catch up then it is to stay current. I know someone who recently got hit with a judgement of over $100,000 on back support. The interest alone on that is over $600 a month, this person will likely never pay this amount off.

  • http://madsaver.com Mac

    Kind of a no-brainer, but it definitely is a moral question for some. No matter what, the money needs to be paid. That’s not the question. The custodial parent then has the “moral” obligation to use the money on their child, but I can see that also being used for food, housing, etc. If there’s extra, I’d be ok with it being used for anything, really. For those celebrity divorces, I’m sure the $50K/month some spouses receive in settlements aren’t used to buy a toddler golden blocks or diamond-studded books.

    Point is, they money can and should be able to used for anything, as long as the child is well taken care of.

  • Heatherbug265

    I am recieving support and I use the money for whatever I want, ie. clothes, new shoes, vacations, bills, etc. The check comes in my name, not my son’s name. The electric company uses child support income to determine eligibility on their low income programs, so why wouldn’t I treat it like normal income? BTW, I started recieving child support when my son was 12. He is now 15 and the court order is dated 9/23/1998 so for all that time I paid everything. I take care of my son (he is def not deprived, spoiled really) and I am spending that cash!!

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