Extracurricular activities and child support

Participating in sports and other extracurricular activities can help children of all ages develop healthy interpersonal relationships and improve their self-esteem. Beyond that, engaging in activities that he or she enjoys can help your child remain active and optimistic during and after your divorce. That is why the attorneys at Just Law, P.L.L.C., are committed to helping their clients establish and enforce child support agreements that account for extracurricular activities.

According to ehow.com, family law courts typically base decisions regarding child support payments and modifications on thewill be best interests of the child in the case. As a result, the amount that you or your soon-to-be ex-spouse is obligated to pay in child support can depend on several factors including your child’s basic care needs, in addition to qualifying extraordinary expenses. Extracurricular activities are often considered extraordinary expenses in cases where the child excels in the activity and/or is found to be emotionally invested in it, and are often included in child support agreements as a result.

The child support agreement that you and your child’s other parent establish can be modified to accommodate extracurricular activities under several circumstances as well. If financial expenses related to the activity in question increase dramatically, for instance, you could request that the terms of your child support agreement be reconsidered. Similarly, you could ask that an activity be added to your child support plan later on if it becomes apparent that your child intends to commit to it.

To learn more about extracurricular expenses and other child support topics, visit our website today.

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