What Should My Child Support Be Used For?

child support paymentsQuestion:

What is my child support supposed to be used for? Do I need to give my ex more money when she asks for it or only the amount specifically called for in the divorce agreement?


I am not licensed to practice law in your state. Therefore, I cannot inform you as to the specific laws of your state and can only provide you with general information regarding your situation.

In general, child support is a court-ordered contribution of a non-custodial parent to the custodial parent towards the costs of raising their child.

In cases of children with special needs, this expense can be much greater than in other circumstances.

Virginia Beach divorce attorney Jonah Dickey
Virginia Beach divorce attorney Jonah Dickey

In Virginia where I currently practice, if a parent is expected to pay towards other expenses, like uncovered medical and dental expenses, the court order will specifically say what percentage of those expenses are to be covered beyond the regular child support payment.

However, expenses such as work-related health care should be figured into the regular monthly payment.

Expenses for things like cell phone bills, sports, and extra-curricular activities generally fall under your regular support payment, but many parents choose to agree to share the burden of extras and these payments are considered to be gratuitous under Virginia law.

As any issues dealing with child support are very state specific, it would be wise to consult directly with a licensed attorney in your state for specific guidance.

To arrange an initial consultation to discuss divorce rights for men with a Cordell & Cordell attorney, including Virginia divorce lawyer Jonah Dickey, contact Cordell & Cordell.

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Shawn Garrison is an Online Editor for Lexicon, focusing on subjects related to the legal services of customers, Cordell & Cordell and Cordell & Cordell UK. He has written countless pieces dealing with the unique child custody and divorce issues that men and fathers face. Through his work on CordellCordell.com, CordellCordell.co.uk, and DadsDivorce.com, Mr. Garrison has become an authority on the complexities of the legal experience and was a content creator for the YouTube series “Dad’s Divorce Live” and additional videos on both the Dad’s Divorce and Cordell & Cordell YouTube channels. Mr. Garrison has managed the sites of these customers, and fostered the creation of several of their features, including the Cordell & Cordell attorney and office pages, the Dad’s Divorce Newsletter, and the Cordell & Cordell newsletter.

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