I get asked this question almost daily. No matter if it is the man paying child support or the woman the person wants to know exactly how the money is being spent. There are many reasons for wanting to know. Some are:
I tell my clients the same thing I am telling you here, it does not matter. You cannot ask that person to itemize every penny that they receive in child support for you. There are many reasons for this:
I realize that the person paying support is used to having an idea of where their money is being spent each month. They are used to knowing how much groceries, rent, car payments, school uniforms, extracurricular activities, etc. Unfortunately when two people separate there is no longer this breakdown for you and instead you are Ordered by the Court to pay a set amount each month.
The other thing I tell clients is the ways in which child support can be lowered: