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Massachusetts parents could face expenses on top of child support

Massachusetts parents often want to be able to provide their children with opportunities that they may not have had as a child. However, doing so may be difficult for single parents relying on child support. Though support payments are paid in order to help support the children, there are some expenses that child support may not cover or be required to cover. As a result, parents may wish to have discussions on how to share such expenses even though one parent may be making support payments.

Ensuring that children have the necessities of life is one reason that support payments are often required. However, there are other expenses related to milestone events that monthly payments may not be enough for. Prom dresses, yearbooks and activity lessons are just a few examples of situations in which parents may wish to purchase something for their children. The needed funds for such items may not be readily available.

Because parents know that these types of situations may arise, they may wish to discuss with each other a plan for splitting the costs of such items. By bringing up this point during child support proceedings, additional agreements may be able to be made. As a result, parents may be clearer on why spending money on their children in addition to their support payments may at times be necessary.

Child support issues can be a point of contention for some parents. The parent who is required to make payments may balk at the idea of spending additional money for certain activities. However, this may be a point when Massachusetts parents may need to put aside their differences and come to mutual agreements. Information on making child support agreements could help parents determine how to best address these potential expenses.

Source: The Huffington Post, "What Child Support Does Not Cover", Natalie Gregg, June 11, 2014

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