On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Support on Friday, November 11, 2016.
During divorce proceedings, one parent may be ordered to pay child support. When setting a rate of child support, the financial needs of raising a child are taken into consideration. However, there are a number of every day expenses that are not covered in the court order. What is covered varies from state to state, and Illinois courts may issue orders that are different in this regard from other jurisdictions.
Raising a child is not cheap, and all parents can agree that they want what is in the best interest of the child. But this goes past schooling, shelter, food and clothing. While schooling is usually a part of child support, what might not be included are costs related to after school care, tutoring, nannies and babysitters. These costs all need to be considered by parents.
Extracurricular activities all have their own expenses. Sports can be expensive when considering registration, uniforms, equipment, travel expenses, and other fees. If the child is interested in music, instrument rentals or purchases, and private lessons must be budgeted for. A passion for art or performing leads to lessons, costumes, enrichment camps, and a number of other expenses.
If the children are in high school, expenses still remain. These include a child’s first car, auto insurance, and even the costs associated with prom and other landmark events. College brings on another slew of expenses as well.
What is important to couples going through a divorce is to anticipate and budget for the child support costs outside of the order. An attorney can advise a parent as to what expenses are taken into account by the state’s child support guidelines.