What do u do with the money?? Does it go into a pot for just the child?. Do u pay bills?
Personally i think cs is for
The need for a larger home, which in turn raises your taxes
Blankets, sheets, clothes
Soap, shampoo, toothpaste laundry detergent, toilet paper
Toys for friends at bday parties
Water use, heat, transportation
School lunch money
Food toys school supplies
Health insurance, dental insurance, copayments
College savings, life insurance, a car eventually, gas etc.
Then of course their are the intangibles like a custodial bio or step taking a lower paying job to be able to find daycare to meet their work schedule. Or working days rather than pms and losing the differential incentive. Or needing a minivan rather than a car because of the additional child. Wear and tare on household items because the child scratches the wall with their toys, breaks a few dishes. Stains in the carpet from accidental spills. The kid falls on the cat and the cat needs to go to the vet etc etc etc.
In this case i am sure that just adding tge child support to the regular bank account would be more reasonable.
Bm in our sitch feels that 175 permonth would cover all his expenses and we would be paying nothing.....yes i said we because that is how she puts it. She feels i have an obligation to "help" too. She is upset that she has to pay at all and im sure will eventually demand receipts. I think i will start to save them, but 90 percent of "his" things fall into regular household things or are bought with bunch of other items in which case it seems like a real pain to try to keep my more embarrassing personal items off the receipts i may want to save for her....
What do u think?