The Purpose of Child Support

Gordon Burrows

Gordon Burrows, a former assistant county attorney, located in White Plains, New York, provides family and matrimonial law litigation services to clients in Westchester County, New York County and the surrounding areas. Possessing more than three decades of legal experience, Gordon Burrows leverages his knowledge to handle a variety of matters, including child support.

In the State of New York, the law states that a parent is responsible for the financial support of his or her child until the child reaches the age of 21, even though a parent may have never lived with the child. The non-custodial parent is required to make timely payments to the parent with whom the child resides. The purpose of child support is to help the parent with sole or primary custody provide for a child’s basic needs which include food, shelter and clothing, in addition to certain other add-on expenses such as medical coverage, unreimbursed medical costs, child care and education.

In a divorce situation, child support helps a parent maintain the standard of living for the child. This means that child support payments can be used to promote a child’s well-being. For example, child support payments can be used to cover the cost of summer camps or other extracurricular activities that keep children entertained.

Since child support can be used for such a range of items and activities, parents are not typically required to submit records of how they spent child support money. The exception to this is when a custodial parent is suspected of using the money to cover their own personal needs or when a child’s needs are being neglected or ignored.