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.
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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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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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