Virginia Child Support: Do I have to account for my spending?

Posted on Mar 31, 2012 by Hofheimer Family Law

Virginia child support was meant to help the custodial parent pay for the needs of the children following the divorce. Sometimes, the non-custodial parent becomes dissatisfied with how the recipient is spending the support, and seeks out provisions in Virginia child custody law that might demand accounting for payments.

It’s understandable that someone paying child support would want to know that his or her money is being spent wisely, and unfortunately there are cases where the custodial parent uses the child support payments in irresponsible and unintended ways.

Despite these facts, there is no provision in Virginia law that forces a recipient of child payments to account for how the payments are spent. The reality of enforcing such a law would be difficult; custodial parents could easily make mistakes in recording or reporting, or give false accounts on purpose.

It can be difficult to discuss these matters with an ex. Cooperative co-parents will be open and honest about the way they spend their child support, but at the same time might not appreciate an ex-spouse making accusations or demands of them regarding the way they handle the child support money.

While there may be no laws forcing a parent to report child support spending, it’s definitely worth speaking with your Norfolk divorce lawyer if you think your ex is being irresponsible with the child support money and neglecting the children in any way,

Contacting a Virginia Child Custody Attorney

At Hofheimer Family Law Firm, we understand that the health and happiness of your children is your #1 concern. We will work with you to address any fears and anxieties you may have about your children’s future. Our women’s-only divorce attorneys will guide you every step of the way to ensure that you achieve the best possible child custody and child support arrangements for you and your children.

To learn more about your Virginia divorce, request a FREE copy of our guide, What Every Virginia Woman Should Know About Divorce, or reserve your seat at our monthly divorce seminar – 757-425-5200.