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Summer months may require increased child support payments

California couples who are considering divorce are often emotional and under stress about the turn of events. This is even more so when there are children involved. Most parents want what is best for their children, and many couples are able to discuss matters such as child support in an amicable way. Regardless of which parent will have custody of the children, there are expenses to consider that are often forgotten.

While working out the details about asset division, custody and parenting time, couples may lose sight of the smaller details. It may be a good idea to consider all the extra expenses that come with summer. With the longer days, the hours of daycare will increase and summer camps, along with various summer activities, are typically costly.

While couples may agree to share childcare and extracurricular expenses, the time may come when it has to be enforced, and that may provide problems or even unnecessary litigation. A better option may be to work these details into the child support agreement. A commitment from the noncustodial parent to pay increased monthly amounts during the summer may assist the custodial parent in covering the additional expenses.

If the relationship with the other parent has deteriorated to an extent where communication and compromise have become impossible, it may make sense to seek the services of a mediator or otherwise negotiate the outstanding child support issues. The input of a third-party who is objective can often bring about agreements that will satisfy both parents, while protecting the best interests of the children. California couples who manage to resolve these types of issues before going to court commonly reduce the stress and fees that are often associated with a divorce.

Source:, "How to prepare for extra summer expenses", Gail Saukas, July 23,2014

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