January 20, 2021

What Can Child Support Payments Be Used For?

If you have children with your former partner, Michigan law generally requires that you provide for them until they reach the age of majority. Noncustodial parents typically make lump sum payments each month that can be used to buy food, pay rent, or pay health insurance premiums. In some cases, you may be required to make child support payments even if you share custody.

Child support payments can be used to cover educational expenses

You may be required to pay for a tutor, private school tuition, or the cost of going on a field trip. A judge may also order you to pay a portion of your children’s college tuition even if they have reached the age of majority.

Funds may be used for discretionary purchases

A custodial parent is generally allowed to use child support money to buy birthday, Christmas, or other gifts for a child. Parents may also use it to fund trips to the beach, sporting events, or other events. It may be in your best interest to contact a family law attorney if you have any concerns about how your money is being spent.

Medical expenses will likely be included in a support order

In addition to health insurance premiums, you may be required to contribute funds to pay for medication, braces, or a surgical procedure. If your child has special needs, it may be necessary to help pay any ongoing costs he or she may incur to meet them.

The amount of support that you’ll be expected to provide will be based on many factors including your income and how many children you have to support. An attorney may be able to provide more information about how payments are calculated.