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How should child support be used by the custodial parent?

by | Dec 14, 2020 | Child Support |

Many parents in Philadelphia who are obligated to pay monthly child support typically have real concerns about how the other parent uses these funds.  Support payments are not for the parent’s personal use.  Instead, the money paid by a co-parent is reserved strictly for the care and upbringing of the child.

When you look at it this way, it is easy to see why many parents obligated to pay have concerns.  They want to make sure their co-parent does not use child support to take a personal vacation or make an extravagant purchase, for example.  It can help you to know what your payments should cover when it comes to caring for your kids.

Acceptable uses for child support

Although it may vary based on the needs of individual children, the following list contains some of the ways your co-parent can spend child support.

  • Basic needs such as food, shelter and clothing
  • Travel costs such as gas for vehicles, car payments and vehicle upkeep
  • Educational expenses like school supplies and lunch money
  • Extracurricular expenses covering summer camps or sporting activities
  • Childcare costs when parents need to work
  • The child’s medical, vision and dental expenses
  • Support payments may also cover the entertainment needs of the child in some cases

If you still have concerns about how your co-parent spends your child support payments, consider acquiring a legal opinion.  Often, an advocate can help you to identify possible misuse of support funds.  If it looks like your co-parent is indeed misusing your payments, you can go on to seek help from the Pennsylvania family court system.


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