The payee is the person who receives the money for another. If the child is getting benefits and a payee has been ordered, it is is usually the parent who has custody who is the payee. If the parent is getting benefits, the money goes to the custodial parent as well.
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I agree for a child it is normally the custodial parent.
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The representative payee is usually the parent or guardian. However, there can be exceptions, such as when the child is in a foster home.