Payment for Extracurricular Activities
The payment for extracurricular activities are generally agreed to by the parties. In my experience, both parents really do have the best interest for their children at heart and they know what’s important to the child. If it’s a sport or activity that the child really enjoys, they can generally work that out, which is put into the agreement that the extracurricular activity will be shared by the parties in that case. I like to put in an additional provision in the agreement that the extracurricular activity has to be agreed upon by the parents in writing by email prior to either party committing to the expense.
If the matter is contested, meaning one parent wants the other party to pay the extracurricular activity and the other party doesn’t want to pay the extracurricular activity, then you can go to the judge. The judge will look at the relative incomes of both parties, that’ll look at how long the child has been participating in that activity, how important it is to the child to continue to participate in that activity and what the reasons are that the party is objecting to paying for the extracurricular activity.
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