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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.

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