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Child Support:  What Expenses Does it Cover?  What is Not Covered?

David Scott, P.A. July 9, 2024

Child support is a payment from the higher income parent to the lower income parent that is intended to pay for basic living necessities of the child. Those necessities include items such as a roof over the child’s heads, electricity, water, food, and other essentials. It is a general-purpose reimbursement to cover the cost of life when a household has kids.  Health insurance is factored in to child support as are the costs of child-care, however, child care can be addressed outside the context of child support.  Here are a few examples of expenses child support covers:

  • Basic living expenses such as food, housing, and utilities

  • Regular healthcare and medical expenses like prescription medication or regular doctor visits

  • Childcare expenses

  • Educational expenses like school fees and textbooks

  • Transportation expenses such as gas and car maintenance

  • Personal care expenses such as hygiene products and haircuts

  • Sports and other extracurricular activities

  • Clothing and basic personal items

  • Technology such as a computer or tablet in the context of educational purposes

  • Other reasonable expenses that are considered necessary for the child’s well-being, such as tutoring or therapy.

Things that child support does not cover include:

  • Clothing and personal items beyond basic necessities

  • Cell phone and internet bills

  • Car payments and car insurance

  • Extracurricular activities beyond basic ones

  • College tuition and expenses

  • Entertainment expenses like movie tickets, vacations, etc.

  • Gifts for the child’s birthday or holidays

  • Pet expenses

  • Furniture and home decor

  • Legal fees related to custody disputes or other legal issues not related to child support.

As a parent, ensuring that your children receive adequate financial support is essential for their well-being, however, navigating the complexities of child support laws in Florida can be overwhelming and confusing.  Call the Law Office of David Scott for a free consultation.