An article published by Huffington Post recounts the importance of holding parents accountable for misusing child support funds. The article discusses the issues arising when a parent uses child support money (paid by an ex-spouse) as his or her own personal money rather than using the funds to directly to support the child. The article details that some states set a limit on the amount of child support that can be awarded to an ex-spouse. This limit is intended to ensure the child’s necessities are taken care of while making sure the parent receiving the payment does not receive a monetary windfall. California does not have such a limit in place.
The author of the Huffington Post article makes a very interesting point: California child support statutes are missing the requirement that child support money should be used solely to care for the child. In addition, the author suggests that a procedure should be put in place that allows for oversight of this process so that parents would be much less inclined to misuse child support funds. For the full article, please click here.
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