What if the court awards a huge amount and the children do not need that much and the other parent is saving all the money that needs to be contributed towards child support.
The court must follow the child support guidelines, unless you can prove a downwatd deviation is in the child's best interest (which is hard to do) or if the parents earn above 180k a year the court can go above the guidelines at there discretion. As such no accounting is required by the party receiving child support.
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So what if the custodial parent saves or spends money on who knows what? How do you know what the other parent does with the, amount received. ....The amount is calculated by some genius formula which takes into consideration not what kids need or spend but what is the parents's income and where the kids spend overnights. The receipts will prove nothing because the formula is not based on the kids needs nor true spending. I had a case where the mom was receiving welfare, collecting huge child support from dad and paying her own tuition with the kids's child support. She became registered nurse and the kid was on granny's budget, the state and dad was warn out from paying for one kid more then for his other 3 kids combined.
In general the parent receiving child support does not have to make an accounting of what the child support is being spent on. As Mr. Koslow stated there are situations where the court can order a deviation from the child support guidelines. As long as the children are adequately provided for the court allows the custodial parent to use his/her judgment on how to allocate the child support.
As other attorneys have indicated, a custodial parent is NOT required to provide receipts or an accounting of how child support funds are spent. However, if you believe that certain necessary expenses are not being paid, you should meet with an attorney who handles child support matters. For example, if the child support obligation includes childcare but the child no longer attends childcare, an attorney can assist you with requesting a modification of support based on a "material change in circumstances." However, depending on the monthly obligation some changes may not qualify for a reduction in payments.
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