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September 14th, 2010, 12:44 PM
Daisyfields's Avatar Platinum Super Mega Mommy
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Do you feel that child support should cover school clothes & supplies?

I ask this b/c I have always paid for my child's supplies/clothes w/ CS, but for what ever reason, my DH decided to take "MY" Birthday $ (yes, mine)...and spend it on his son to get him school supplies. WTH? Last I checked A)he pays CS, and on time, B)since when do you take MY $ to buy your kid supplies for school? and C) excuse me?

A little irritated, actually, a lot.

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September 14th, 2010, 01:16 PM
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I think child support should cover the basic necessities of raising a child. Sometimes it's not enough to cover the extra things and if that's the case, the parents should work out a way that they can split the costs.

I wouldn't begrudge my step child school supplies, but I would be a little miffed that my personal gift money was used to buy them. I'd make sure that I found a way to spend just as much as I original had on myself.
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September 14th, 2010, 06:26 PM
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The short answer is yes, cs should pay for supplies. However, there are times when the cs doesn't stretch far enough and additional money is needed. But t shouldn't come from your own personal bday stash unless he asks you first. And once he's asked he should replace it down the road.

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