When children reach a certain age, extracurricular activities become very important to their physical, mental, emotional and psychological development. And, as children of divorce, these activities can also serve to help give them stability in their day-to-day lives.
Costs of Extracurriculars: Sometimes It's Not Enough
Although under New Jersey law the cost of these activities is built into the child support order, sometimes parents find that this amount is not enough to cover the true costs.
If you think the amount to be stated in the child support order will not be enough to cover these costs, talk to the Monmouth County child support attorneys at the Law Office of Steven P. Monaghan, LLC to arrange your free initial consultation. We can be reached at (732) 624-6343.
When that happens, some parents will add a paragraph into the property settlement agreement specifically allocating the costs. In this situation, the parents usually will use the percentage provided within the child support guidelines to determine the allocation and cost of those expenses. In other cases, the costs will be split 50-50.
No matter which path you and the other parent take to make sure the costs of extracurricular activities for your child are covered, it is vital that you discuss them and come to a mutually satisfactory decision about them when other issues are also being negotiated in the course of the divorce. Otherwise, the court will not likely tolerate expenses and contributions after the fact.
Know How Much Those Extracurricular Activities Will Cost? Plan Ahead. Call Us.
It would be very unwise if you were put in a situation where you have additional costs to allocate after your divorce was final. Be prepared. Talk to us, the experienced Monmouth County divorce lawyers at the Law Office of Steven P. Monaghan, LLC.
Your first consultation with us is free. Call us at (732) 624-6343 or go online.