Many New York residents likely agree that providing for one's children after divorce is important. However, some may not know how their child support payments are being spent. Though many parents use the support in order to benefit their children, some parents may spend the money on themselves. As a result, the parent providing the support may feel some concern about what expenses are being covered by the child support, and he or she may wish to take the extra step and include some spending stipulations in the divorce agreement.
It is not uncommon for individuals to simply trust that a parent will do the right thing and spend support money as needed. However, there may be few enforcements in place that could actually keep a parent from spending some of that money on him or herself. Though some parents may feel at a loss for what to do, there are options that may help ease worry.
It may come as a surprise to some that adding support terms is a possible step. Though it is unlikely that every cent paid could be accounted for, using negotiation proceedings to work toward including at least one stipulation could be useful. These stipulations could go toward using a portion of the funds for specific immediate needs of the children or to be set aside for their futures.
If parents do not think of such options, they may not want to be too hard on themselves. Legal proceedings may be complicated, and without certain knowledge, issues of child support could be difficult to understand. However, there are assistance options and resources that could help interested New York residents move forward more confidently.
Source: The Huffington Post, "A Quick Child Support Tip", Al Corona, June 7, 2016