There are quite a few single moms and dads out there receiving child support from their ex-spouse. Unfortunately, there are also some single moms and dads out there that should be receiving child support, but they aren’t getting it. I know that one of the excuses that deadbeat parents don’t pay the child support is because they don’t trust the parent with custody to use the money on the child. So, here’s the question, and it’s more of a moral question, than a financial question:
Is It okay to treat child support like monthly income? In other words, is it okay to be included as part of your regular budgeting income and apply it to your regular monthly bills?
My answer to this question is, YES! It’s perfectly okay to treat child support like monthly income as part of your monthly budget. As long as you are providing for your child such as putting a roof over their head, feeding them, putting clothes on their back, and allowing them to live a quality life, you don’t have to set that money aside to be SPECIFICALLY used for the child. You’re providing for that child, so that money should go to things like utlities, groceries, rent/mortgage, and the list goes on.
The problem that some single parents run into is that they don’t use that money to provide for the child. They use it to go on vacations or support a car payment for a car they wouldn’t normally be able to afford, or buy clothes for THEMSELVES rather than the child. If this is going on, you still don’t have an excuse for not paying child support, because IT’S THE LAW, but you need to bring up these issues with the court. Express your concern that you think the parent with custody is not using the money for basic necessities.
What are your thoughts about this? Do you have any experience with this?