WHAT SHOULD YOUR CHILD SUPPORT COVER AND NOT COVER
On a very basic level, the guideline child support amount, is the minimum statutorily prescribed amount of child support based on the non-custodial parent’s income.
The non-custodial parent usually pays an amount of child support based on how many children they have and applied to their net monthly income after allowable deductions. This is in an effort to even the playing field between the 2 parents in covering the costs of raising a child.
The court determines what should be covered by child support and what should not be covered.
Child support payments can go towards shelter, food, clothing, any number of things. The court determines what should be covered by child support and what should not be covered. Child support can cover a level of medical support and health care costs. It can also cover daycare or any number of things including speech therapy or other special needs for children.
Overall, child support is used to provide for a house with a yard, with enough rooms for each child to have a room, and things of that nature. Things that a custodial parent may not be able to afford without that child support.
It may seem that the custodial parent is living at a nicer place than they could afford without child support. The reality is that these perceived benefits to the custodial parent are really a benefit to the child. That is ultimately the true intent of child support.