Child Support and Extracurricular Expenses
Generally speaking both parents split the cost of the basic childcare needs. Such things as daycare, food, clothing, etc…. The court will apportion each parent’s obligation respective to each parent’s ability to pay. The issue parents often face is one of who will pay for those expenses related to the extracurricular activities.
Who Pays and Why?
When parents have a disagreement about paying for extracurricular activities, you have three viable options to resolve the issue. First the parties can sort it out between themselves and often this is the easiest way. After all it is your children you are talking about. Second, you can utilize a mediator. A mediator is a disinterested third party. Generally this is an option used in cases where there is a large number or amount of expenses related to the children. Finally you can litigate the matter in court. Litigation is almost always the most expensive and time consuming way to resolve these issues. However, if you find it necessary, and often it is, to litigate the matter a judge will likely consider several different factors, such as:
The above listed considerations are just a few examples of the factors the court may consider. As with all family law matters each case is extremely fact specific. Before moving forward consider contacting a child support attorney at The Twiford Law Firm, P.C. 252 -338-4151