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noamnety Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-19-08 12:11 PM
Response to Reply #93
95. Needs vs gifts
Shoes and clothing are a necessity when they are a necessity. If a child already has all they need, pants, shirts, boots, jackets, etc, then buying them more clothes as a gift is a gift, not a necessity. If the noncustodial parent feels the basic needs aren't being handled correctly, despite support being paid, there's a process for that which ought to be followed rather than deciding against court order that they'll pay their support in "alternate" ways.

I have no problem with gifts on top of support, just to be clear. But there are controls in place to ensure that needs are met FIRST, and let's be honest - a noncustodial parent gets more emotional reward for buying a child a gift they don't really need than they do by paying for that non-glamorous stuff that gets no thanks, like getting their teeth cleaned.
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