My ex has agreed that our child can participate in extra curricular activities, but later refuses to pay for them. It is in our court ordered communication software, never verbal.
Additionally, he has agreed the child can go to daycare in the summer, but he also refuses to pay his share, or any of the registration fees. The daycare is used on his parenting time too.
He was ordered to pay for his half of medical and therapy costs, but never pays this.
Finally, he agrees the child can go to private school, but then refuses to pay that as well.
None of this is in our court order. Is there any way to require him to honor his written agreements? There is no way he can stay home for summer break and take care of her on his time...
You state that none of this is in your court order, but does it stipulate how payments are to be divided? If you have joint legal decision making and the two of you are agreeing on these things through the communication software, plus your current orders state that each party is to pay for half, you might have the ability to go to court for enforcement of your current orders and request that the court order him to pay these expenses. I would suggest a consultation with a Family Law attorney. Many offer free consultations to discuss these types of matters. Best of luck.
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Based on what you provided, the nature of his agreement is probably important. Does he specifically agree to pay for a share or does he only agree the child can participate in x activity? Those two are very different. A parent can authorize an activity without necessarily incurring liability to pay for it. The private school and day care expenses might be recoverable through modification of child support though. You definitely should talk to an attorney because there are a lot of unanswered questions here that could impact the outcome.
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