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Child support is not just extra money for the receiving parent

Numerous parents in Massachusetts pay or receive monetary support as part of their divorce agreements. Child support can be used in many ways, as long as it benefits one's children. Unfortunately, there are those parents who misuse funds. What can a paying parent do if he or she believes funds are not being used correctly?

There are a lot of things that child support is and many that it is not. It is to be used for the needs of one's children. These needs include a home, utilities, food, transportation, clothes and a long list of other things required for children to feel secure.

Child support is not meant to line the pockets of the receiving parent. It is not to be used as personal play money. When a support paying parent feels that the funds he or she is providing are not being used to benefit his or her children, legal action may be taken to correct the issue. Before this can be done, though, one will have to have some level of proof that funds are being misused. Therefore, anytime there is an issue, one should document it in detail so that it can be used in court.

Paying child support can be a significant financial burden on the paying parent. It is understandable that one would want to know the funds being provided are being used for their intended purpose. Massachusetts residents who are dealing with a support dispute such as the misuse of funds can seek assistance from an experienced family law attorney in order to correctly address the issue.

Source:, "This Is What Child Support IS...And Is NOT", March 31, 2017

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