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 grow fast and clothing can seem like a never-ending expense. Both parents should support one another by ensuring that clothing is returned to the home of the custodial parent as quickly as possible, and with as little interruption to the child.
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