Even with the most effective child support agreement, plenty of unexpected child-related costs pop up from month to month. When co-parents are unsure and cannot agree on who should pay for these expenses, already tense relations can become even more acrimonious.

Extracurricular activities such as music lessons, clubs, and sports teams all cost money and these fees are not always included in child support. So, who should foot the bill for a child’s basketball uniform or dance classes? In these cases, divorced parents should refer to the child custody laws in your state and consult a South Jersey child support lawyer for further guidance.

Depending on the laws in your state, there are two different scenarios for covering the cost of extracurricular activities:

  • Child support inclusion: For some families, child support is calculated to include the child’s extracurricular activities. The custodial parent who signs their child up for the basketball team or Boy Scouts will cover those fees with their regular child support payments.
  • Court order determination: In certain states, a court may require additional support for money outside of the child’s basic living expenses. This additional support can either be split evenly between parents or split proportionately based on both parents’ incomes.

If the extracurricular activities are considered vital to a child’s health, development, and overall well-being, the family court is more likely to include these costs in the child support the noncustodial parent pays.

Child Support and Other Expenses

Besides payments for extracurricular activities, there are plenty of other extra costs that come with raising children today. Summer camps, religious programs, and trips and vacations are to name a few. Determining which parent foots the bill for these expenses often depends if the activity is considered a necessity or a luxury, and whether both parents agree with the child’s participation. Many of these expenses are addressed on a case by case basis in mediation or family court. A South Jersey child support lawyer knowledgeable about the laws in New Jersey is a parent’s best resource in these matters.

Every family is unique and so is every divorce. We work with you to achieve the best resolution possible for your child support, custody, or visitation case. With offices in Marlton and Somers Point, New Jersey, we are proud to serve clients throughout the state, including the areas of Burlington County, Camden County, and Atlantic County. To schedule your free initial consultation today, call us today at 856-751-5505 or contact us online. We will provide an honest evaluation of your case and how to best move forward.