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Do I have any say in how my ex spends child support?

As a noncustodial parent who pays child support, you most likely have an interest in how the money you give your ex-spouse is used. As you know, child support is for the benefit of your children. You might have doubts and concerns about how your ex spends the money. Like many Ohio parents who pay child support, you may wonder if you can check up on your ex’s spending or tell him or her how you want the money spent.

FindLaw confirms that the purpose of child support is for your children’s well-being. This includes their emotional as well as physical needs. You may not agree if your ex decides to spend child support on such seemingly non-essential items as gifts for your children or expenses for a weekend road trip. However, entertainment is considered an acceptable expenditure for child support, as long as your children’s basic needs are also being met. Your ex-spouse is also within his or her rights to spend child support on clothing, medical needs, school supplies, extracurricular activities or private lessons for your children, or to save the money for future tuition or financial emergencies.

If you suspect that your children are being abused or neglected and that child support is not being used for their well-being, it may be wise to take your concerns to family court, which may investigate and ensure the money is being well spent. However, this is a sensitive and complex topic, so this blog should not replace the advice of an attorney.

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