As a continuation of Child Support Payments – What Should They Include? (Part 1), here is some additional information regarding the expenses and items that child support payments can be used cover. Keep in mind, however, that the amount of money that the payee makes may mean that the court awards only partial coverage of these items for child support and that future changes to the payee’s income could alter the amount of child support paid.
- Childcare expenses – The costs of daycare, babysitters or other forms of childcare may be covered partially or in full by child support payments if parents work full time or during periods of time when children are not typically in school (e.g., summer breaks, spring break, etc.).
- Basic transportation costs – Whether this portion of child support payments is used to help maintain one parent’s vehicle (such as by providing gas for the car) or to pay for bus fares or airplane tickets, it is generally intended to be used to cover the cost of transporting the child from one parent to visit the other parent. When both parents live relatively close to each other, the portion of child support payments covering transportation costs may be minimal.
- After school activities – Non-academic activities like participating in sports, camp, and clubs (such as the Boy Scouts) that often are associated with enrollment fees, membership fees or uniform/equipment costs can be covered by child support payments.
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