Tracking child expenses when requesting child support

On Behalf of | Jul 2, 2019 | Family Law |

When Ohio parents are going through a divorce, one of the most important things they will need to determine is how they will handle child support. In some cases, the parent who is responsible for paying child support may feel as though the other parent is getting a free paycheck, but the reality is that children are expensive; those expenses range from food, clothing and shelter to activities and school supplies.

For those who are seeking child support, they should take care to monitor what they spend on the child. This includes food, clothing and school-related costs. Additionally, healthcare, dental costs and general costs of living should be tracked. One of the most overlooked expenses include the sign-up fees for after-school activities and the costs of the children’s hobbies. On top of this, parents should track how much time the child is spending with each parent.

It should be noted that if the parent responsible for paying child support was not the one to monitor the family budget, he or she may not be fully aware of just how expensive raising children can be. The other parent should try to communicate with the former spouse and share his or her findings. This may make the fight over child support less stressful as the other spouse may understand where the primary caregiver is coming from.

In some cases, even if a parent presents the former spouse with the child-related expenses, the former spouse may still refuse to pay child support. If this occurs, a family law attorney may assist with seeking a court order. In the event that the former spouse quits his or her job in an attempt to avoid paying child support, the attorney may go back to the judge and provide evidence of the former spouse’s ability to work.