Determining Who Pays For What Expenses
Child support is generally one of the easier issues to resolve because specific guidelines detail how support is to be calculated. Many additional expenses can arise over the course of a child’s life, and it is important to discuss these expenses when creating your support agreement.
At Reade Law Firm, PC, in Peabody, we will work with you to ensure that your child support agreement deals with all of the important issues related to your case. Our experienced lawyer will help you consider the various expenses connected to raising a child and develop a plan that will allow you to know exactly how these costs will be handled now and in the future.
Understanding All Issues Connected To Child Support
Under Massachusetts law, child support payments are determined by analyzing several factors that include the amount of custody and parenting time that each parent has with the child, as well as the income of the parties. In some circumstances, the parents consider basic support obligations, but fail to get into the fine details of each support case. Commonly overlooked items regarding child support include:
- Child care expenses like day care
- Health care costs associated with medical treatments
- Dental expenses, including braces
- Health insurance
- Tuition at private elementary, middle or high schools
- College tuition and other educational expenses such as books and computers
- Fees for extracurricular activities
It is likely that the parents may decide to evenly split some of these extra child support costs. If that is the preferred method for dealing with these issues, the parties need to take the time to put a plan in place that discusses what happens if there are disagreements between the parents or if one parent is unable to pay his or her share.
Our attorney will work with you to make sure that your child will be provided for as he or she moves forward through life. This can help you understand exactly what support obligations you have going forward or what you should be able to expect in support payments from the other parent.