Divorce can be messy. It’s a process that has many items to consider, and the most important part of your divorce will be how you and your partner find ways to support your children after your divorce is finalized.
When you work with the collaborative divorce process, a team of experts will help you learn to communicate through co-parenting. Divorce coaches will help you learn to communicate with each other. You will also develop a child care plan that includes paying child support and what that will cover.
During the collaborative process, our team of experts will work with the family to determine their parenting needs, children’s needs, and budget. Then we work as a team to find a child support plan that will work best for the entire family.
Typical child expenses that concern divorcing parents include the following:
- Medical care not covered by insurance
- Extracurricular activities, such as sports, music lessons, or other activities
- Education costs and/or private school expenses
- Travel expenses
- Educational costs
- Electronics needs – phone, computer, or tablet
- Housing needs
Division of some of these expenses is often added to child support, while some are usually considered covered by child support. The best way to think about what child support covers is to think about what is needed for everyday basic living needs.
Frequently, parents feel the monthly child support falls short of the actual needs. It’s vital to work as a team to consider the entire financial landscape and work with a financial neutral to determine the best path forward in developing child support that supports the child and works within the parent’s divorce agreement.
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Note: This information is general in nature and should not be construed as legal/financial/tax/or mental health advice. You should work with your attorney, financial, mental health or tax professional to determine what will work best for your situation.