Frequently Asked Questions

Can clothing costs be considered as Child Support? My ex owed $250.00 on back support and he/she spent $250.00 on clothing for the kids instead of giving me the money.

Generally no, substituting clothing or other material goods for the support payment isn't considered by the courts to be 'satisfying the support obligation'. It is helping to support the children, though. Frankly, we wouldn't press the issue in a situation like this unless it was really necessary. Having your ex help out with the children's clothing promotes more involvement of them in the kid's lives, and we generally support that and think it's a good thing.