Extracurricular Activities

According to New Jersey Child Support Guidelines, Appendix IX, the cost of extra-curricular activities is built into the Child Support Order. Many times parents find the child support order is not enough to cover the cost of the child's extra-curricular activities. The parties may bargain for or may add in a paragraph to the Property Settlement Agreement allocating the cost of extra-circular activities. Most individuals utilize the percentages provided by the child support guidelines to determine the allocation and cost of extra-curricular expenses. Parties may also opt to divide the expenses 50/50. It is important to discuss the child's extra-curricular activities with the other parties and determine whether or not they mutually agree upon these activities and to incur these expenses and after the fact contributions will not usually be tolerated by the Court.