Don’t Ruin Your Child Support Claim

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Handling Extracurricular Activities

  • Don't Ruin Your Child Support ClaimExtracurricular activities may need to be discussed and included in a family budget.
  • A written schedule may assist the parents in identifying responsibilities for transporting children to their activities.
  • Cost sharing arrangements can help avoid future conflict between the parents.

Handling College Costs

  • Each parent’s contribution to college expenses is based on several factors that a court will consider in making this determination.
  • Parents should begin this discussion early in the college application process and may want to encourage their children to exhaust opportunities for grants, loans and financial aide.

How Child Medical Expenses Are Handled

  • A child with special needs may have extraordinary out-of-pocket medical expenses.
  • Ongoing expenses may include medications or payments for special programs such as speech therapy or occupational therapy and these expenses often require additional consideration.
  • It’s essential to quantify such expenses early and set a contingency plan in place to ensure uninterrupted services.
  • Other expenses parents may consider allocating include, copays for office visits, prescriptions, and health insurance premiums.

Payments for a Teen Driver’s Car Insurance

  • Don’t neglect those very important family details, such as a child who is approaching the age when he or she becomes eligible to get a driving permit. When that happens, car insurance may be a significant impact on the household budget where that child lives.
  • Both parents can agree at the time of a divorce how foreseeable expenses such as those associated with a child beginning to drive – including the cost of car insurance and driving school.

Private School Tuition

  • If the child attended private school for a significant length of time during the marriage, tuition is an important consideration that should be discussed early in the divorce process.
  • Many factors determine whether the parent of alternate residence – or both parents – will be responsible for private school tuition when that expense did not occur during the marriage.
  • Whether or not a child will attend private school – and whether the other parent will be required to contribute – is fact-sensitive inquiry and the guidance of an attorney may assist families faced with this decision.

Work Related Child Care

  • When both parents work outside the home, work-related childcare expenses are often included when calculating child support.
  • School-age children may require before care or aftercare – and a component for summer camp may also be included when child support is calculated.

Did you go through the divorce process and have children? Don’t ruin your child support claim before you even get started! Contact a New Jersey Child Support Attorney Tanya L. Freeman for help and to schedule your free legal consultation and case evaluation.

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