Victoria S. Linder Law Office Family Law Attorneys
This Attorney is Lead Counsel Verified. Click here for more Information.
Call to Schedule an Appointment
916-905-4805

Child support increases with teen's data

If you are divorced and have been receiving child support from your ex, chances are you know how it works. Support is based on family court guidelines and is the same every month unless you modify it. For many parents, this may be just fine and completely manageable so long as their child's lifestyle also stays the same. However, as children grow up so do their likes and dislikes, and the child support amount that used to cover most everything may now barely dent your teen's expenses.

Contrary to common belief, child support is designed to cover more than just the basics. Food, shelter and clothing are the obvious necessities, but some parents don't realize that extracurricular activities and entertainment may also be figured in. The typical American teen is burning through cellphone data like it's free. On average, 92 percent of smartphone wielding teens are online and on social media daily. While it is true that many youths are starting their social media roles earlier in life than ever before, number show that with age comes data usage.

Teens are using social media via their devices as a way to stay current with friends, trends and in some cases even school. By any standard this outlet could be considered both extracurricular and entertaining. Since child support should ideally cover these expenses, does that mean it can increase with a teen's data usage?

Depending on your situation and you and your ex's understanding and approval of your teen's cell use, there may be room for child support modification to cover data expense. If you are interested in requesting child support modification for this or any other reason, consider speaking to a trusted attorney.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Tell Us About Your Case

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Email Us For A Response

Minutes From Downtown Sacramento

Our office is conveniently located off Highway 50, just three miles from the Sacramento County Family Courthouse and minutes from Downtown Sacramento. For your convenience, we accept all major credit cards.

Victoria S. Linder Law Office
5303 Folsom Boulevard
Sacramento, CA 95819

Phone: 916-905-4805
Fax: 916-498-0127
Sacramento Law Office Map