Child support payments are made by one parent to the other to help cover the expenses of raising the kids. Since they are paid to the parent and not the child, it is easy for the paying person to forget that they are for the children. There are some things that both of them must remember about this financial matter.
First, the child support money can be comingled with household funds. It might seem like the recipient is using those funds to pay for a hair appointment or something similar; however, that might just be how the budget falls. As long as the child's needs are taken care of, the money is going to where it should be.
Second, the parent who gets the money can pay broad bills with it. This can include paying the mortgage or utilities. Just because the money isn't going directly to the child's activities, it doesn't mean that it is being misused.
Third, there is usually no oversight about how the money is spent. The exception to this is if the children's needs aren't being met. Then, the paying parent might choose to turn to the court for verification of how the funds are being used. This is often a last resort.
Fourth, not only cash payments are covered. Medical bills, insurance and educational costs might also be covered. It is also possible that extracurricular activities and day care costs might be included.
It is imperative that you fully know what your responsibilities are in these support cases. This can help ensure that you aren't doing anything that is against the agreement and that might land you in legal trouble.