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How long should I keep the receipts showing the child support I paid?

You should keep the receipts showing how much child support you’ve paid indefinitely. What could happen is, when child support is established by the court, there may be a risk that you will not receive credit for any child support that you have given unless you can show the court the exact receipts and illustrate to the court that these payments were for the purpose of child support. I’ve handled cases in the past where, although, both parties have testified that the parent received child support, the court interpreted the child support payment as a gift and did not award credit against the amount that’s in a rears. It is very important that you keep your receipt and that you present that to the court in the event that you are attempting to seek credit for any payments that you’ve made in the past.