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Child support covers more than many Floridians may expect

Many Floridians know about child support. But many of the things that Floridians think they know about child support are not true. One common misconception is regarding the range of things that child support is supposed to cover: Many people believe child support covers far less than it actually does. Those interested in learning more about what child support does and does not cover should keep reading.

To start, child support covers several fronts that Floridians would expect. For one, child support covers the basics - food, clothing and shelter. As a result, child support can be used to pay for things like groceries, jackets and electricity bills. Likewise, child support applies to medical care, including uninsured expenses. So child support can pay for health insurance as well as out-of-pocket medical bills. It may also be available for items like braces, glasses and so on. So too, child support can go to educational costs. After all, education is essential but hardly free, even at a public school. There are tuition fees, book fees and the like.

But child support is not limited to these expected categories. For instance, child support can be used to get child care when a parent needs someone to care for the child while they work. Similarly, child support can apply to travel and transportation from the price of gas to the cost of the car, including insurance, registration and car payments. Child support can also go to entertainment - within reason. This category can include games, computers, internet, television and others.

As the examples underscore, child support can be used to pay for many things. To discover just how broad those uses may be, Floridians may benefit from discussing their situation with an experienced family-law attorney.

Source: FindLaw, "What Does Child Support Cover?" Accessed March 15, 2016

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