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What does child support cover in Pennsylvania?

It doesn't matter if you're making child support payments or receiving child support payments, it's important to have a firm grasp on how the money is to be used.

For example, if you're paying child support, it's natural to have concerns about how the funds are being used. You want to make sure that your ex-spouse is using the money on your children, as opposed to their personal desires or hobbies.

Child support is supposed to cover everything that's reasonably necessary for a child. This includes (but is not limited to):

  • Clothes
  • Food
  • School functions and extracurricular activities
  • Sports equipment
  • School supplies
  • Vacations

However, in the state of Pennsylvania, there are some things that are not automatically covered by child support such as:

  • Medical expenses
  • Daycare costs
  • Mortgage payments
  • Private school tuition
  • Summer camp fees

Those may be rolled into support payments or handled separately, as the court allows.

If you're required by the court to make child support payments, it's critical to do so in full and on time every month. Not only does this help you avoid trouble with the court system, but it also gives your children the money they need to live the best life possible.

Conversely, if you receive child support payments, it's a good idea to keep a log of how the money is spent. This way, if your ex ever accuses you of using the funds in an inappropriate manner, you have everything you need to back up your spending.

Once you understand the ins and outs of child support in Pennsylvania, including the impact it'll have on your future, you can implement a plan for doing what's best for you and your children.

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