Your child support order specifies a set amount that is to be paid by one parent to the other, usually from the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent. Child support was created to ensure that the child can maintain a standard of living similar that which he or she had during the marriage or relationship. There are often add-ons to the set child support amount, such as medical expenses, dental and orthodontic costs, tuition, and school expenses.
Although these payments may be stated in the child support order, some parents find them confusing and may have questions.
- Who is supposed to buy the child’s clothes? The custodial parent is generally responsible for purchasing most of the child’s wardrobe. Some custodial parents refuse to send clothing with the child on visitation, believing that the non-custodial parent should be responsible for all of the child’s needs during visitation. This is not how courts view the matter. It is important to remember that clothing belongs to your child and clothes have to go back and forth.
- Who is supposed to pay for school supplies, lessons, sports fees, and other extracurricular activities? If your child support order directs you to share school costs, then all costs associated with the school, including school sports, school supplies, uniforms and any other expenses required by the school must be shared. If your order specifies that you are to share extra-curricular costs, then this would include things like dance lessons, sports leagues, karate lessons, and so on. Many parents agree to share these costs even if the order does not specifically direct them to do so. Often though these expenses are considered to be included in the child support and therefore payable by the custodial parent.
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