The Almighty Dollar

Whats worse than only having weekend visitation and paying killer child support. Its having all that and then your ex announces that your child needs new clothing. Meanwhile she’s going on vacation or driving a new car. Guess how that was paid for.

A buddy of mine recently faced that situation. And for a year he painfully bought those clothes and all the other essentials. At the end of the year, he went into court and asked for a downward deviation from the child support guidelines. He brought his checking account, his receipts and subpoenaed his wife’s checking account and credit card receipts. He got the deviation.

Lets face it – a lot of our ex’s want custody just for those tax free child support dollars. And you can’t dictate how they will spend the money. But every now and then, being reasonable and caring pays off.