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Summer/Sports camps included in child support?

Budd Lake, NJ |

3 boys ages 15, 13 & 11 - mom receives 420 per wk in child support in which $15K/year for childcare has been incorporated in to that number already. There is a 27 year old male "nanny" that lives there as well who also works for the mom's pet-sitting business. Kids in school til 3:30 daily. mom says she pays flat rate ea week to nanny for feeding/driving boys but wont say how much (cant be alot). Mom wants dad to pay for half of summer daycamps and/or sports daycamps but dad says it's covered in the $15K accounted for in child support.....which is correct (tired of fighting about it). Divorce decree states extracurricular sports is to be split 50/50 which it is for Rec LAX; Football & Basketball but we believe camps shouldn't have to be split. Thoughts?

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  1. Generally, the language of the Final Judgment of Divorce (or Marital Settlement Agreement) will control this issue. If no language available on point, the court can (and genally will) recognize reasonable camp expenses as work-related day care expenses (which each party would be required to contribute to). The finances of the parties and the past history of the family are factors that a court may consider that would justify deviating from the norm.

    For a more thorough analysis of the situation you should consult with an experienced family law attorney in your area.

    Kenneth A. White, Esq.
    New Jersey Family Law Attorney

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  2. I would need to see the agreement and how it addresses these issues. If it is not clear then the issue needs to be negotiated or mediated.

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  3. Summer camps are not covered in basic child support. Check the PSA to see if it addressed expenses for unusual and extraordinary expenses. if it did not, and the mother wants to send the child to camp and the father does not, she would have to cover it. If they both want the clild to attend camp they should share the costs accoring to line 6 of the guidelines. If the child has previously attended camp by both parties consent it is probable that a Court would order it to continue unless it is at this point a financial hardship to both parties.

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