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Arvada Child Support Lawyer | What Is My Child Support Supposed to be Used for?

| Dec 17, 2019 | child support |

Wondering what your child supports payments should be going toward? Read about child support payments here.

Child support in Arvada and Jefferson County is a way for both parents to financially care for their children. The money is supposed to be used for expenses related to the children. Your child support payments are not a support for the parent, but for the child or children. Let’s look at the types of expenses your child support payments should cover.

Basic Expenses and Child Support in Wheat Ridge

Basic expenses are pretty self-explanatory – they are the things your child needs. Think – things that any child would need to thrive. So, things like food, clothing, and housing would all fall under this category. The child support payment could also be used for school related expenses like lunch and transportation and healthcare and medical expenses. Often through a parenting plan, you can expressly agree on what child support payments will cover.

Extraordinary Expenses and Jefferson County Child Support

Anything that is not considered a basic expense would be an extraordinary expense when it comes to your children. These are expenses that are usually specific to each child. Extraordinary expenses can cover many things like:

  • Extracurricular activities
  • Sports
  • School trips
  • Tutoring
  • Musical lessons
  • Equipment for a specific hobby
  • Special needs assistance

Because these types of expenses are not one-size-fits-all, your parenting plan should address extraordinary expenses. Some parents will average out an amount based on these expenses for their children, while other choose to split these expenses as they come up. The important thing is that your parenting plan addresses these types of expenses so there is no question about how things are handled when an expense arises.


If you are dealing with child custody and child support issues, contact the best child support attorneys from the Pearman Law Firm at 720-259-9528 for a free initial phone consultation.

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