What is supposed to be covered legally by child support payments?
I have a child with my ex, he's 17. We have an informal arrangement, I pay my ex every two weeks $495.00 by check. I also cover my son's medical and dental under my insurance. I am married with a step daughter who i support 100% and have 2 children with my spouse. I support a household of 4 on top of my obligation to my son.
My ex keeps asking me to cover other expenses completely for my child outside of the almost $1000 a month she receives from me. However i'm a bit concerned that the money i'm giving her in the first place is not being used for it's intention.
I will always take care of my sons needs but at the same time, I feel as if she's trying to take advantage of the fact that we have an informal arrangement. She also keep threatening to take me to court to get a formal order in place, stating she will get the court to make me pay for everything.
I would like clarification on what is expected to be covered by child support payments, what would not be covered and what the courts usually dictate in cases of items not covered by regular child support payments.
I suggest you review Family Court Act 413 at:
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You did not indicate if there is a child support order. If there is a prior order of child support, that would take precedence. By statute, you would be obligated to pay 17% of your adjusted gross income, and then a pro-rata share of the non-reimbursed medical, dental and child care expenses. I would suggest you consult with an attorney. Good luck
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