What Does Child Support Cover?

What Does Child Support Cover?

If you’re someone who pays child support routinely – whether it’s taken directly from you paycheck or otherwise – the first question that comes to mind is what, exactly, does child support cover? And it may especially come to mind when your ex is asking for additional expenses – whether for summer camp, or for a musical instrument, or for the football uniform.

It’s important to understand that child care doesn’t cover everything. Some of the kinds of expenses that aren’t covered under basic child support include: uninsured medical expenses, education, extracurricular such as sports. This may come as a bit of a shock, particularly to those parents who pay more than they believe is necessary for basic living. But the law is the law – basic necessities like food, shelter, and clothing are what are covered under child support.

And this only covers the expense when the child is with the ex. Any child expenses you make on your own are not covered under child support. It therefore becomes crucial to track your spending in all of these cases. That is why SupportPay can help. Our system allows you to track and manage expenses with relative ease. Sign up today for a free trial.

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