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    jerry Lenihan is offline Member
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    what exactly does child support cover?

    What is the name of your state? Massachusetts

    I am just curious. I want the best for my daughter and I am with her every weekend. She wants to go swimming and I don;t live too far from a YMCA. Does child support cover items such as YMCA, Girl Scouts, and things like soccer? The main reason I ask is that I know my ex uses some of my payments for things not related to my daughter but in MA there is no way to tell how the money gets split.

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    Child support is for anything from food, book rental, electricity, shelter, clothing, water, ETC...
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    child support is your HALF of the childs expenses. ANd in Ma. unless otherwise noted, that includes extra-curicular activities In a sense you are reimbursing the mother for money all ready spent. how do you know she is not spending it on your daughter? once the child support is in her hands it co-mingles with the rest of her finances.

    but once it leaves your hands it is up to the receiver to decide how it is spent. if she decides to use the whole thing on the rent, or even go to the mall that is her choice.

    Maybe if mom does not want to swim, maybe you could join the Y and take your daughter yourself?
    "It is easier to build strong children than repair broken men." Frederick Douglas
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    jerry Lenihan is offline Member
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    I know she is not spending it on her because of things like clothes and such, and if you factor in what she makes and how her lifestyle is, it doesn't add up.

    That is what I figured.

    I am doing that and will probably do the same for things like soccer and girl scouts as well. We all know these things are expensive and I didn't know if the cost should be split because the ex doesn't see it that way. She sees it as my expense as I am doing these things with her and taking her
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    "Does child support cover items such as YMCA, Girl Scouts, and things like soccer? The main reason I ask is that I know my ex uses some of my payments for things not related to my daughter but in MA there is no way to tell how the money gets split."
    *** Simple answer. Child support covers whatever the court orders. If the court orders you to pay for swimming, ballet or cheerleading, you pay it.
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