Carter v. Davis (Mississippi 2017)
The court has discretion to count payments made directly to a child as child support. The pivotal question is would not giving credit unjustly enrich the custodial parent. The father in this case made direct payments to his daughters while they were in college, and the court gave him credit against his arrears for those payments. The court also gave the father credit against his arrears for payments made to the mother from the paternal grandmother. The court found the payments were made on father’s behalf, and the mother could use the money as she saw fit.