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I want to know where my child support goes

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Alas, you either do not get that information or you do not have to provide that information. Child support is governed by Illinois statute 750 ILCS 5/505. If there is no provision for accounting or proof of where money was spent in the statute, there is no obligation to disclose where the money is spent. The silence on this provision supports the public policy of trying to reduce disputes between parties.

The statute refers to child support contemplating the, “...reasonable and necessary physical, mental and emotional health needs of the child.” This definition is not precise to reflect the varying needs of children in the State. For some, video games may be integral to their mental and emotional needs. For others, they would be a luxury.

There is no provision that the funds must be used exclusively for the child. In fact, the language of the statute suggests that is not the case. Child support is expected to contribute to the expenses of shelter, utilities, food, internet, linens, transportation and other daily expenses for items that are often shared by others.

Since the statute expressly covers extracurricular activities, school expenses, medical expenses, health insurance and child care, it seems to suggest that those expenses are not included in child support payments. School registration fees are now generally not construed to be included in child support.

The issue of who will pay for clothing, shoes, and coats is often considered to be part of child support. However, with a growing number of families sharing parenting time more equally and thus reducing child support payments, in most cases it is expected that each parent will have clothing at their home for the children so that each parent pays for some items.

Wakeman Law Group 741 S. McHenry Avenue Crystal Lake, IL 60014 815.893.6800 https://wakemanlaw.net/

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