Clothing/Child support

My ex-spouse pays me child support under worksheet A. He says that I am obligated to buy ALL our children’s clothing, that his part is in the child support and he does not have to buy them any, back to school clothing, coats, shoes, prom dress, etc. We share legal custody and I have the children 75% of the time and he has them 25% of the time. Is he correct that I am responsible for all of their clothing?

No, that’s not correct. Child support is intended to help the parent receiving the child support to provide for the child’s basic needs like clothing, food, shelter, etc. But a child has expenses beyond the monthly child support obligation.

The other parent should have clothes and other necessities for the child at that parent’s home.

Practically speaking however, if the other parent refuses to buy necessary items for the minor child, then you would have to do so.

Anna Ayscue

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