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Work to include everything when calculating child support

Contrary to popular belief, child support is not just intended to cover the basics of daily living. In fact, many different aspects of raising a child and the expenses associated with their education and extra-curricular activities can be requested to be included when calculating child support. Working closely with your attorney may help you identify these key expenses and work to include them when making a request for support.

The purpose of child support is to help ensure that a child is financially provided for after his or her parents divorce. This is designed to do two things; alleviate unnecessary financial hardship and provide for and maintain a lifestyle similar to that of before the divorce for the children involved. For some, this lifestyle may include club sports, summer camps and cell phones. Planning for these expenses before the divorce can help better provide for them after the divorce.

A family law attorney can help divorcing spouses identify these expenses and, if valid, include them in a child support request. Although the actual child support order comes from the family court, asking them to consider certain expenses when making a determination may prompt them to make a more accurate calculation.

Many divorcing parents are under the assumption child support is meant to only cover the necessities of daily living like food, clothing and shelter. Although these expenses must be addressed, child support can be ordered to cover additional expenses associated with a child's lifestyle.

Not every request can be considered by the family court when determining child support. However, an attorney can help divorcing parents plan for expenses related to the care of the child and request that they are included in this calculation.

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