Going through a divorce can be a complicated process, especially if there are children involved. In addition to determining the type of child custody that works best for your family situation, the court must set the amount of child support that the non-custodial parent must pay. After the base child support amount is determined, there are extra expenses shared by both parents, including medical expenses, educational costs, insurance and daycare costs. Are parents required to split the cost of recreational activities as well?
All decisions are made in the best interests of the child. When a divorce occurs, children may be forced to change homes, schools and their general way of living. Extra-curricular activities can be a great way to divert attention away from the stress of the divorce, make friends and focus it on something the child loves to do. From soccer and football to art and music, these activities allow kids to channel their stress into something productive.
While parents may not be legally required to split the cost of these activities, parents should consider coming together for the kids. Both parents should attempt to attend extra-curricular events and support them financially. It is also important that parents are on the same page when it comes to taking the child to and from the activity and attending special events. Parents should understand that these events may fall on the other parent’s time and decide what to do if this should occur. If one parent refuses to help, it may negatively impact the children and their ability to heal from the divorce.