Custodial parents in Kentucky and throughout the country may receive funds from noncustodial parents to help raise their children. It is important that these funds are used solely to take care of a child's expenses. If a payment is more than a parent needs in a given month, it should be kept in reserve to cover other future expenses. There are many different ways a child support payment can be used to help a child.
For example, they can be used to pay educational expenses such as buying books or paying for field trips. They can also be used to pay for activities outside of school such as a camp or playing in a youth sports league. Noncustodial parents may be responsible for helping to pay a portion of a child's health care needs. In some cases, the child could be covered by a noncustodial parent's health insurance plan.
A child support payment can of course help cover the cost of a child's food, clothing and other basic needs. During the process of crafting a child support order, it may be possible for parents to ask any questions that they have about how money can be used.
Child support payments may help make raising a child easier on the custodial parent. Generally speaking, they are intended to help meet the best interests of the child whatever they may be. An attorney may help a parent learn more about how child support payment amounts are determined. Legal counsel may also help parents who are owed back support. As this money is intended to help the child, authorities may impose a variety of penalties on those who fail to make payments as ordered.