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How to use child support payments for my child

There is a problem out there that many parents are feeding into and it is the misuse of child support funds. Some parents feel that they can use payments received for child support for their own pleasure. Even though no one monitors how child support is used, when a parent requests more and there have been no changes in the child's life, it is usually assumed that the parent is using it inappropriately. Below you will find how to use child support payments for your child.

One of the most important ways you can use child support payments for your child is to pay for their medical expenses that aren't covered by insurance. There's no reason not to have your child visit the doctor.

Basic necessities, such as food, shelter and clothing, are more uses for child support payments. Make sure your child has healthy meals three times per day, has clothes that fit them and has a place to sleep at night.

Does your child need to go to daycare while you are at work because they are not yet of school age? If so, you can use these payments to pay for daycare. They can also be used to pay for after-school care or an in-home babysitter.

Does your child want to play sports after school or get involved with a school club? There are likely fees associated with these activities. Use the child support to help pay these fees and for equipment and uniforms or travel costs.

As you can see, the use of child support payments should be strictly for your child and not yourself. Make sure you use it to buy food, clothes, pay the rent and anything else related to the upbringing of your child in order to avoid legal conflicts with your child's other parent.

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