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What expenses do child support payments cover?

On Behalf of | Jun 18, 2022 | Family Law |

Each parent is responsible for the support and care of their minor children. This responsibility does not end after a divorce, but it continues until the child is an adult. After the end of your marriage, you may continue to care for your kids through monthly child support payments. Whether you will be the parent to make or receive this type of financial support, it is in your interests to understand the intent of child support and the expenses it should cover. 

The purpose of child support is to ensure that a child has a reasonable continuity of lifestyle after his or her parents’ divorce. It also ensures that one Missouri parent is not carrying an unfair or unreasonable financial burden. Typically, the non-custodial parent will make child support payments, but depending on the details of your specific custody plan, this determination may depend on whether one parent makes significantly more than the other. 

Taking care of your child’s needs 

Raising children can be a costly endeavor, and parents will continue to share this burden and ensure their kids have what they need after a divorce. Child support should help with the most basic needs of a child, including food, clothing, education, childcare and more. However, the specific things covered by your child support payments will depend on the details of your individual situation. This type of support can cover a broad range of expenses, including: 

  • Medical care, including health insurance and needs not covered by insurance, such as dental work or emergency care 
  • Education expenses, including saving toward college expenses, such as tuition, room and board, books and more 
  • Childcare, including daycare, after-school care, summer vacation care and any care required by a parent due to his or her work schedule 
  • Transportation, including a vehicle, insurance, car payments or coverage of transportation needs of older children 
  • Entertainment and sports, including registration fees for sports participation, travel costs, extracurricular activities and more 

The details of what your child support payments cover depend on the details of your custody and visitation order, as well as different factors unique to your case. It is beneficial to seek a support order that makes sense for you, including terms that are reasonable and sustainable. As with any matter that affects your children, the ultimate goal is to protect the best interests of your kids above all else. 

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