Make a plan for extracurricular activity fees after a divorce

By |2022-04-06T14:56:37+00:0017 Aug 2018|Categories: Child Support|


Raising children is an expensive job. Even when the children aren’t involved in extracurricular activities, there are still considerable expenses. When you add in things like dance, football, chess club, band and other activities, the cost is going to soar. Parents who aren’t in a relationship with each other need to come up with a plan for paying for all these extra expenses.

The cost of sports is higher than other activities. Students participating in clubs will likely spend around $124 annually on these. For arts-based activities like theater, the cost is around $218 per year. Sports come in much higher at an average of $302 each year.

It might not seem like much to some parents, but for those with lower incomes and people who have more than one child, these fees can add up. They can also multiply quickly when a child is involved in several activities. On top of these, you also need to think about the cost of school supplies, clothing and other similar expenses.

Parents must determine how to cover these costs. In the case of a divorce, one parent might pay all the fees for one activity and the other parent covers a different one. Another option is that everything is divided down the middle, so each parent pays an equal share.

Ideally, you and your ex will work together to come to the terms of how to handle these situations. Whatever decisions you make about these costs should be put into the child custody and support paperwork. This takes the confusion out of the situation and can help reduce the stress.

About the Author:

Dorie Anne Rogers - The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC
Dorie A. Rogers, a Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California, has been an attorney since 1981 with an exclusive family law practice located in Orange County. She is accepting dissolution cases with support and property issues including the use of forensics to ascertain business value, community interests and to establish monthly case flow analysis. Ms. Rogers has substantial experience in high conflict custody litigation involving sophisticated psychological issues. She drafts premarital and postmarital agreement designed to define and establish parties' separate and community property interests. Paternity cases and domestic violence matters are considered part of her practice. Ms. Rogers is a court-approved and court-appointed to represent minor children.Ms. Rogers consults with individuals concerned about entering or exiting a relationship. She advises effective strategies for dissolution or premarital planning. Knowledge is power and good planning affords better results.Specialties: Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California
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