My child support was recently established and I owe about $3000 in back pay. I got notice that in addition to any payments I make towards it, they may also be taking my tax return, bonuses, ect. That is all fine but my question is, does my ex receive those payments in a lump sum? I am really just curious. Since CS has started I have noticed a lot of new clothes (for her) and new things around the house (not baby related) & take out/eating out every night. I know it may no be any of my business, but she doesn't work at all & I would like to make sure my money is actually going towards my child, not a new wardrobe & if she does get it in a lump sum I may try to make frequent small payments instead of large ones.