Child Support

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question: 

I am separated from my wife, we have not filed for separation and we don’t have any court orders for child support. My wife is claiming that I haven’t been supporting my daughter. I have been purchasing formula and diapers and other baby supplies for my daughter since we seperated, but my wife won’t accept them from me now. My question is does that count as child support?

State: 
South Carolina

Answer: 

It is good that you have been contributing to the welfare of your daughter but your contributions are not the same thing as formal court ordered child support instructions. It sounds like you need to obtain a legal separation so that you can establish a clear definition of your legal obligations toward your ex and the child. Your prior contributions to the child’s welfare will likely count as “good faith”  and show that you were at least acknowledging your responsibility. A judge will probably not give you any sort of “monetary credit” for them though.

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