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Child support may cover more than just the basic necessities

What does it take financially to raise a child in Arizona? Of course, a child must be provided the proper food, clothing and shelter needed to survive, but a well-rounded childhood involves so much more. It entails having an appropriate education, receiving quality medical care, participating in sports, hobbies and other interests and so much more. Therefore, when a person is required to pay child support, they are providing the child with more than just the child's basic needs.

Every state in the nation, including Arizona, has child support guidelines that are used to determine how much child support should be paid. Depending on the state, certain factors will go into determining what this amount should be. For example, the parent's income may be considered as may the child's standard of living and other monetary needs.

That being said, courts in Arizona and nationwide do not typically monitor how the custodial parent spends the child support payments they receive. This is because it is assumed that the custodial parent is paying for the costs associated with raising the child. Therefore, in general there are no requirements that the custodial parent must prove to the court specifically how they are using the child support payments they receive.

Child support payments can be used to pay for everyday expenses, such as the necessary food, clothing and shelter. They can also be used to pay for the child's medical needs. Child support payments can also be used to pay for the child's educational expenses. If the child is young and requires child care while the custodial parent is at work, child support payments may also cover these costs. In addition, any transportation expenses needed to get the child from one location to another may also be covered by child support. Some courts even hold that certain entertainment and extracurricular expenses may be covered by child support.

As this shows, there are a wide variety of expenses associated with raising a child that may be paid for with child support funds. Custodial parents are not required to report how they are spending the child support payments they receive. Children have many needs that go beyond the basic necessities of life. Therefore, it is safe to say that the purpose of child support is to ensure that the child gets the resources necessary to experience the best quality of life possible under the circumstances.

Source: FindLaw, "What Does Child Support Cover?," accessed on April 17, 2017

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