As you are likely aware, weekly child support does not cover the cost of a child’s extracurricular activities and related supplies. Most parents have a separate agreement or order about how extracurricular costs will be shared. It’s fairly easy to understand that regular school clothes, annual school fees and school lunches are the expenses that are paid by the parent receiving child support with financial support provided by the other parent in the form of weekly child support. It is also easy to understand that the travel soccer team, special cleats required for soccer and the team shirt are extracurricular expenses that are paid separately by parents outside of weekly child support. But what about the confusing gray areas where school and activities meet?
Children are expensive, and no one is more aware of this than divorced parents. When child support is ordered, it is not necessarily able to cover all of [...]
Bill and Jane are divorced. Bill is court ordered to pay Jane child support. Jane makes the private school tuition payments for their son, Johnny, and Bill has [...]
A carefully worded agreement regarding the child’s college expenses and the parents’ expectations can help head off any potential disagreements before they begin, and help set expectations for the student.