Roanoke, IN asked in Child Support for Indiana

Q: My children keep calling my child support "their support" and when they need something the support should be used.

I have explained to the children that the support is to provide them with food, shelter, and their needs and that in fact the money is for "me" to do exactly that. When my oldest turned 18, he moved out and told me that he should receive "half" of the support that I was receiving for him and his sister to support himself. My daughter now thinks that her dad should not have to pay for anything "extra" because he pays support. Clearly this is all coming from their father.

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Alexander Florian Steciuch
Alexander Florian Steciuch
  • Valparaiso, IN
  • Licensed in Indiana

A: What's the question? You are correct. Child support is paid to the custodial parent and not the children for use on behalf of the children. It would be crazy if it were paid directly to the children for them to determine how to use it. It doesn't matter if your daughter believes her father should not have to pay child support, nor does it matter that your son thinks that he is entitled to a portion of the money you were receiving for his support. That's not how it works.

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