Can a Court Order Me to Pay Additional Child-Related Expenses on Top of My Child Support Obligation?

One of the common questions we hear from clients is: “Can I be ordered to pay for child-related expenses in addition to my child support obligation? The simple answer is: It depends. Understanding the purpose of child support and what it is should be used for is the key. Of course, most people are familiar with the term “child support”. However, not everyone truly understands the meaning of legal child support and its purpose.

What is the Purpose of Child Support?

What About Additional Expenses for a Child Beyond the Basic Necessities?

“Child Care” Expenses

What Qualifies as “Child Care” Expenses?

  • Fees for daycare
  • Fees for after-school and before-school care
  • Fees for Camps when school is not in session
  • Deposits for securing placement in a child care program

Court Ordered Payment of Child Care Expenses

”Reasonable” Child Care Expenses

Contribution to Extracurricular Activities

Educational Expenses and Child Support

Contribution to Unreimbursed Medical Expenses

Child Support Orders — Every Case is Different

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