My Ex Is Not Using The Child Support Money Directly For My Child.
Today’s question comes to us from Justin. He wants to know if he has any recourse for the fact that his ex-wife, is not using the child support money for the child’s needs.
Justin called me about three days ago very upset that he has been paying child support for his five-year-old daughter to his ex-wife. The ex-wife is not using that money to buy clothes for the child, take the child on- paying for extracurricular activities for the child, such as gymnastics and dance, that he wants to see the child take. He’s concerned that the money that he’s paying for child support is being saved by the ex-wife, in order to go on expensive vacations every six months.
I explained to Justin that although I totally understand and can relate to this dilemma, I get this phone call and this question from a lot of my clients who are very upset that they are using their hard-earned money to pay child support to the ex-wives or ex-husbands, and that money is not directly being used towards the children. Child support, unfortunately, is to be used by the receiving parent for necessities in order to take care of the children. For example, if you pay child support to your ex, the ex can use that to go towards bills, such as electricity, water, gas, rent. It doesn’t directly have to go to the child. It is money used for the spouse to be able to provide and care for the child, in whatever means they deem to be necessary.
Unfortunately, we don’t have an accountant that we need to provide for the money that we receive for child support and how it is being spent. The receiving parent is free to spend that money any way they choose to, as long as the child is being taken care of and is not going hungry, is not without clothing, is not missing school, or is not always sick, so unfortunately, Justin, there is nothing that we can do to prevent your ex from taking this money that you are sending and saving this money to go on vacations every six months with the child, as long as the child is being taken care of, the child is well-fed and healthy, there’s really not much that we can do at this time.
Nevada does not have any laws requiring receiving parents of child support income to do accounting as to how they’re spending every penny in that child support. I hope this has answered your question. I’m sorry it’s not what you probably want to hear, but it is right now what the law states as far as child support income. If you have further questions and want to discuss this more, please give me a call or go to vegasdivorcemeeting.com I’ll be more than happy to sit down with you to discuss this further.
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